Three Reasons to Use the Unexpected in Your Writing

3 reasons to use the unexpected

By Kirsti Call- Let’s take a look at stories from our childhood.  An elephant and a pig are best friends.  A dinosaur longs to dance the ballet.  A princess saves the prince from a dragon.   What do these stories have in common?  They are unexpected! Unexpected friendships create interest.  In Mo Willems’s, Elephant and Piggie series, we are […]

The Writer’s Briefcase

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By Carrie Charley Brown Does it feel like you are always on the go? Whether it’s a vacation, weekend road trips, travel to sporting events, or just plain waiting for Mom in the doctor’s office, the Writer’s Briefcase will offer hours of exciting writing adventures for you. You can take it anywhere and it will […]

Anthropomorphism: Make Objects Come Alive

Anthropomorphism

4 Steps to Making Objects Come Alive in Your Writing! Can socks talk? Do eggplants have feelings? Can steering wheels choose to turn? As writers, we can make anything come alive. When we make objects or animals have human qualities, it’s called anthropomorphism! Here’s how to use anthropomorphism in your story. 1. Choose an object. […]

Write in a New Place

Write in a New Place

By Michelle Lynn Senters- As a full-time writer, I spend many hours a day staring into the computer screen.  My eyes grow weary.  My brain becomes mush and soon, I realize I have nothing to say.  Every writer goes through “writer’s block” (the inability to put words on the page) and every writer has their […]

A Neighborhood Full of Stories

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By Marcie Flinchum Atkins- You know that place where you scraped your knee? The spot where you hide from your sister? The place where the leaves crackle when you walk across them? Your yard and neighborhood is more than just street signs and houses. It’s full of stories. A Story Generator One way to generate ideas, […]

Top 5 Ways That Reading Improves our Writing

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By Kirsti Call- I’ve always believed in the magical power of books.  Books changes lives.  They change how we see things and how we write. When I discovered the word, bibliotherapy, I was thrilled! There’s a word for what I’ve always known to be true. Books transform people’s lives for the better. 5. Reading makes […]