Story on a Roll

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Coming up with ideas for a fiction story can be difficult. Today, you will play a game to help generate ideas. ACTIVITY GAME:  Story on a Roll NEED: paper, pencil, die (If you don’t have a die, you can play use playing cards #1-6 OR write #1-6 on small pieces of paper.) PREPARATION: […]

On Location

On Location

When newscasters, screenwriters, and movie directions use the term, “on location”, it means they are filming at the physical site of the story. Writers can bring their readers “on location” by describing the setting. The setting may include: geographical location (city, state, and/or country) description of location conditions (socio-economic or environmental conditions) time historical context seasons […]

The Perfect First Line

The Perfect First Line

As writers, we must be great fishermen. Yes. Fisherman. In other words, we must “hook” our reader and convince them to keep reading our story. We do that by creating a great first line.  Read the following first lines and see if they grab your attention: “It was a bright cold day in April, and […]

Naming Characters

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By Sophia Mallonée- The names of your characters are just as important as the characters themselves. What’s in a name? Names can give the reader an idea of the background of your character, the location (where in the world) they are from and a sense of the character’s overall identity. A memorable character, usually has […]

How To Hook Your Readers

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By Brian Reynolds- Hooking the reader’s attention is an important part of good writing. If you can’t quickly gain a reader’s interest, why would they bother reading the rest of your work? The best writing manages to grab readers immediately before it can enjoy the freedom of entertaining, sharing its message, informing, or otherwise fulfilling […]

Sense of Sight

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- For the next several days, you will train your brain to think like a writer. We use our five senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing) to gather information about the world around us. Most of the time, we gather this information without much thought. For example, I might go outside and observe a bird sitting and […]

Dialogue

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Dialogue is simply the conversation between two or more people within a story. Dialogue is used to: move the plot forward reveal the relationship between characters increase tension reveal character show how someone feels Example (a conversation between the penguins pictured above) “Come on! Let’s try it,” whispered Ping. “But, it’s against […]

The Writer’s Notebook

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Do you like to collect things? Some people collect rocks, seashells, or various items from nature. Others collect coins, stamps, or figurines. Toys, junk, books, dolls, ball point pens, and antiques. Collections come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the typical (rocks) to the absurd (wads of chewed bubblegum, yuck). A […]

Treasure Hunt

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- We are off to a LATE start today. Every Wednesday morning, I meet with my writer’s critique group. We read our stories to one another and offer honest feedback and suggestions. This group encourages me to continually improve my skills and hone my craft.  I highly encourage each of you to find a […]

Writer’s Rest

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Our title, “Writers Rest” is a an example of a perfect “subject-verb agreement”. Our plural subject (WRITERS) agrees with the plural verb (REST). RULE OF GRAMMAR: A singular subject requires a singular verb. Example: The boy reads. A plural subject requires a plural verb. Example: The boys read. Yes, “Writers Rest” is an example […]

Brain Boosting Superpower

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Today, we are going to find our BRAIN BOOSTING SUPER POWER! Now, before you think this is kids stuff, let me assure you that the following activity is great for both kids and adults. What Makes KIDS ARE WRITERS DIFFERENT? Like school and other writing programs, KIDS ARE WRITERS teaches writing […]