Monday, February 27, 2012
In the companion book to Writing on the Bus--a workbook with journal prompts and a training log for athletes--I suggest using Word Webs when an athlete is stuck on a topic. Here's a model I created using the prompt "When you were young, who did you admire as an athlete and why?" My answer, my big brother Fred.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
In responding to a writing student of mine today, I made the following suggestion about helping her analyze the description of her main character Marie:
Print out the first chapter and take a yellow highlighter and highlight the descriptive passages and words about Marie. Has the narrator done a good job of helping readers come to know her? If you think your description of Marie is not as strong as it could be, write a separate character sketch of her and add a few of those traits into the first 25 pages.
A lot of writers live to engage ideas and work with words. Many of us like being alone with our thoughts. As a young writer, the possibility of signing autographs turned me on (don’t I know how lame this sounds). Another reason to write: some day a friend might write a thoughtful review of your book.