Tag: creative process

Young Writers’ Workshops (What’s New Wednesday)

I went to my first ever writing workshop last week, and it was my own workshop. (Meaning that I had to stand at the front of the room rather than slouch in the back row.) I kept expecting the writing police to arrive at…

Friday Fable: The Writer in Debt

You may have heard the old fable, The Star Gazer: A man went walking every night just to gaze at the starry sky. He was so smitten by the beauty of the heavens that he never looked where he was going. One night he…

Dear Disappointed Fan

I received two letters from readers last week. The first was a thankful email from the parent of a reluctant reader, an 11-year-old girl who read Walking Backward and really engaged with the story. That was such a nice letter to receive! I answered it with a thankful email…

What’s New: March Madness

If you need help keeping to a daily word count – or sticking to any other writing or reading goal – and you just can’t wait till November, think about joining March Madness. AKA an Almost-Nano Challenge. Open to writers, readers, bloggers, and illustrators who want to set some goals…

Giving Away More Books

Today I’m a guest author on the awesome book blog, 10 Stories Up. Head over there to read my answers to some tough questions, like: Do you think the reason many adults condemn contemporary children’s literature is because they don’t (or choose not to) remember what…

Fogotten Fable

Yet another Friday passed without a fable from me. I had the best intentions. But the full version of Minecraft was released on Friday and my 9-year-old barricaded himself in the office for the weekend. Ealier this month, that same child came down with…

Gum, Fries, and Unwashed Drafts

Hop over to the OWL (Outrageously Wonderful Literature from the Middle Grades) today, where teacher/blogger Jill and her 7th graders ask me the best questions ever, like: When you were in middle school, what kind of student were you? Were school lunches just as…

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