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: […]

A Love Story

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- Writers use “love” as a central theme in many stories because it is a common human experience. Think about ways in which you have seen or experienced love. What have you learned? What is important to you? What does your heart long for? ACTIVITY Explore the photos below. How is love shown in each […]

Sources of Inspiration

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By Michelle Lynn Senters- This week, we continue to train our brain to think like a writer. Today, you will learn how to transform a life story (true experience from your life or from someone you know) into a fictional story. Think about the stories of your life. Think about the pictures in your photo […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]