Stories about life that inspire emotions - mostly humor.
Lessons about writing based on my textbook, Strategies for Teaching Writing.
Poetry and essays about the of art of being human.
I write therefore, I am.
Bedtime Strategies to Eliminate the Fight
Her mamma told her again to get in bed. Though her voice sounded stern, in her chest beat a soft heart. In fact, the large brown eyes of her daughter asking for a hug caused all her determination to melt into a gooey mess that puddled in her brain swamping the logic. Mamma picked up the toddler with firm hands and wrapped her in loving arms while lecturing about the consequences if she came down those stairs again.
Understanding Symbols Reveals the Meaning Of What We See
In 1960 Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird (TKMB). The events of the story take place between the Great Depression and the Jim Crow era, 1933–1935. I had many opportunities to read it each year with my classes of freshmen. The novel shares a delightful story of Scout’s, the young protagonist, adventures, suspense as hints of the reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley, are woven into the plot, and a court case that reveals the inherent racism of small-town USA. The students’ interest increased as they became engaged with the characters and started recognizing the commonalities of then and now.
3 Revision Strategies to Create Sentence Variety
Nobody wants a steady diet of vanilla ice cream. Mix it up by adding other flavors, throw in chocolate or strawberry, and if you are really brave on Wednesdays eat sherbet. Topping increase eye appeal, texture, and offer new sensations with every bite. For instance, salty nuts, gooey caramel, crunchy sprinkles of multiple colors or hot fudge; you can’t go wrong with rich, warm, dark chocolate ooze contrasting the creamy, frozen confection. And when all else fails smuggle a brownie on the bottom to increase the texture; this will sensationalize the palette.
Character Development Adds Life to Writing
My favorite books introduce characters I connect with on a personal level. When the book ends, I am left with a lonely feeling because a friend has departed. Leaving behind Dagny Taggart, Scout Finch, and Tom Sawyer left a hole that has sense prompted me to reread each text to hear their voices, watch their adventures and share their emotions.
Don’t Allow What Works for Others to Stifle Your Writing
Lately, I have immersed myself in reading about writing. My mind swirls with suggestions of what to do and what not to do. The lists are endless and depending on the author sometimes contradictory. Excessive amounts of “how-to” information caused my creative juices to dry-up, shrivel, and drift away.
Persistence Is the Answer
I observed a chicken egg wobble slightly. Held captive, the chick peeped and pipped slowly cracking the shell attempting to escape the confinement. The persistence of the baby mesmerized my attention; the determination, power, and desire to survive was an instinctual force. I suppose part of me believed by observing, I shared energy that encouraged a successful outcome, so as I watched I silently channeled positive thoughts. After hours of strenuous work, he entered the world wet, exhausted and wobbly on his feet, alone in the incubator until he dried, gained strength, and fluffed up.
How to Uncover the Treasure in Our Writing
Donald Murray was the guru of teaching writing in the 1980s. Since I graduated from the university in 1985, he was my mentor on how to teach writing. I read everything he wrote and became a convert believing more can be learned through writing if the focus remains on the process instead of the product.
Writers Who Anticipate Questions Build Relationships with Readers
Writers strengthen images by creating settings that invite the readers into the story, cultivating a relationship between the characters and the readers, and captivating the readers with the action. When writers are unsure or unaware of how to make this happen, the answers are in the questions.