I am a pretty good gardener. I plant and trim and weed the back yard, and people compliment it. There are a few things I can't grow. Fuchsias don't like me. Neither do yellow daisies or orchids. Violets, though, have always despised me. I have never been able to get a violet to survive, much… Continue reading Remembering
This week’s Author-Go-Round interview with Nina Day Gerard may answer some of the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about romance writing…but were afraid to ask! Welcome, Nina! Q: How did you become a romance writer? A: I gave myself the title Accidental Romance Writer. I’ve been writing stories since I was in the third… Continue reading Author-go-Round: Nina Day Gerard
I love to write. That doesn't mean I sit down eagerly at the computer every day and write thousands of words. Even with something I love to do, I have to come up with motivation and perseverance. I'm sure it's true for my students, too, especially those who hate to write. My hope today is… Continue reading Writing Successfully
Now that NaNoWriMo is over, a LOT of people are revising the novels they just finished writing. Revising is a difficult skill to teach. I've told students that revising is changing the words to make it better. That helps them understand, but it really doesn't tell them what to do. I've heard of teachers who… Continue reading Revising a Narrative
Today Sarah Johnson's blog, Reading the Past features an article I wrote. It details the preparation and writing of Under the Almond Trees. It explores the question all historical fiction writers face--how much fact and how much fiction do I include? Click on the picture to the right to read my article. Please leave a… Continue reading Historical Fiction
Children enter kindergarten loving school. They eagerly begin learning their alphabet and look forward to writing their name. By the time they reach sixth grade, they groan when the teacher says, "Take out your pencil and three pieces of binder paper." Somewhere along the line, writing has become a dreaded chore. Something has killed the… Continue reading Teaching Writing in Elementary School
It's not the first time I've become a National Novel Writing Month winner, but it's no less intoxicating! Fifty thousand words in one month is something I can be proud of. At school, the first trimester ends the first week of November. That means grading final projects, tests, and other work then doing report cards.… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Winner!