What writers do: Obsess, recall, wonder, question, and record (an example)

On the first page—the title page, if you will—of my new Moleskin journal, a pre-printed,  practical suggestion beckons to me: I can't get started writing in this journal, because I am stuck in fascination on this otherwise pristine French vanilla page. I've owned other Moleskin notebooks—though admittedly this is my first 8"x10" one—yet I don't … Continue reading What writers do: Obsess, recall, wonder, question, and record (an example)

Notebook entry about trip to hair salon

I have lived (and write about it)

I am honored to be a contributor to a blog that I love, Sharing Our Notebooks curated by children's author and teacher Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. I have given writing teachers a quick peek inside my notebooks in the past, but with Amy's blog as inspiration, this time I am really putting myself out there, baring entries that … Continue reading I have lived (and write about it)

Hold Readers at a Climax

As promised, this week I'm diving deeper into the subject of a story's climax. When I first read stories with students and ask them to identify the climax, they tend to point to a small amount of text, often two sentences or less. This is one of a handful of common phenomena that still baffles … Continue reading Hold Readers at a Climax