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3 C’s of Effective Communication 0

3 C’s of Effective Communication

When you talk face-to-face with others or provide your feedback, use the 3 C’s to improve your communication skills. Use: Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking  Collaboration: work with the goal of listening to others (voices or written words)before you speak.  Creativity: share your original ideas when the other person desires your input. Critical Thinking: use considerate, careful judgment in your suggestions. Be careful not to trample on other’s ideas in your excitement to share your thoughts.      

Letters to Follow – Unsent Letter Part One 0

Letters to Follow – Unsent Letter Part One

Lynne story, in LTF, Letters to Follow-A Dancer’s Adventure, contains post cards and letters she sends to Marta and her new friend, Noel. Below is part of a too-long letter I didn’t use in the book. (Space is a luxury when I write such long books!) Dear Marta,      I arrived safely after a smooth sail. Northern France is flat as a long-play record. No mountains to help me get my bearings, only the hot sun. Hope I don’t get lost in Paris. The streets are spokes and higgity-piggity instead of straight rows like back home. It’s a bit scary...

Fortune Cookie Advice 0

Fortune Cookie Advice

Here are a few tasty, thought-provoking fortunes most of us could use:   You are the master of every situation. Your efforts will be worthwhile. You tend to look at the practical side of situations. It’s time for a differernt dance. Stertch yourself. Take a risk.   Your turn! Write one or two fortunes you’d like to receive. Send them as comments so others might read them.

Letters to Follow – unused setting pages 2

Letters to Follow – unused setting pages

Writing a novel often forces you to leave out bits and pieces. In the case of Letters to Follow-A Dancer’s Adventure, the book is written for young adults (and the young at heart). Teens today want action rather than descriptions. I love descriptions and sensory details. So, when I get “carried away,” I save those bits and hope to use them elsewhere. This is one such elsewhere place! Nazaré, Portugal: a scene   The warm sand slid between her toes as she walked toward the waves. If she closed her eyes, she needed to listen hard to hear the water’s...

Revealing Quotes : A Glimpse into Authors’ Thinking 0

Revealing Quotes : A Glimpse into Authors’ Thinking

 “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And, if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then write it for children.” “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter/computer and bleed.” “What really knocks me out is when I’m done reading a book, I wish the author was a  friend of mine and I could call him/her up and talk about how the...

My Favorite Children’s Books 0

My Favorite Children’s Books

Last month I asked you about how early children’s books may have influenced your adult reading. As I shared the partial list, I thought a lot about my answers to the questions I posed. Here are a few of my reactions, marked PE. Question #1: Which newer titles have you read and were able to identify with? PE: I love the stories that create strong visual images (Where the Wild Things Are), those with deep emotion (The Velveteen Rabbit), and ones with the humor as in The Day the Crayons Quit. Question #2: Which newer titles left you wondering what...

Quotes Worth a Second Look 0

Quotes Worth a Second Look

When I read, I write down lines that impact me. Here are a few for you to ponder.   He’d never thought much about silence, but now he knew its every shape and contour. It was a cheap glass jar that trapped old voices and kept them fresh.  Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah p.111 We must know how to design our lives. We are all artists and each day is a canvas. Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod  p. 204 I’m getting tired of my own innocence. The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy p.9 We lead out lives like water flowing...

Why We Write 0

Why We Write

For every writer… there is always the impulse, realized or unrealized, that binds us one to another through the power of language. Every time a person writes, for public or not, he or she is connected to all who have ever felt that magnificent charge of communication through the written word- whether carved in hieroglyphics or glowing in code across our computer…there will always be the brilliant conspiracy between author and reader. Betsy Lerner The Forest for the Trees

What are Your Favorite Children’s Books? 0

What are Your Favorite Children’s Books?

I recently found a list of a hundred top fiction books today’s elementary students should read. Many are relatively new on the book shelf; a few are old enough that I read them as a child, decades ago. The list includes: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Alice in Wonderland Matilda The Chronicles of Narnia We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Where the Wild Things Are Black Beauty Flat Stanley Winnie the Pooh Funnybones The Hobbit Green Eggs and Ham Grimm’s Fairy Tales Artemis Fowl Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Secret Garden The Borrowers Coraline Cinderella Kidnapped The Wind in...

Checklist for Critiquing a Novel 0

Checklist for Critiquing a Novel

Have you ever wondered what goes into critiquing a fiction book, short story, or article? If so, check out the list of criteria editors and critique member may consider. And, if you read a book and find something missing, the reason you feel at a loss, may be that the author inadvertently missed a key component. (That’s way authors work with early readers or critiquers to discover and repair these issues.) Conflict • Does your story begin with some sort of conflict—either internal or external? • Does the beginning set up the bigger “conflict” of the entire novel, the issue...