Happy New Year?

I’m lucky to live in a world of people who care about people. It’s the people who take care of the people. It’s the people who hold up the dignity and dreams of others. It’s the people who stand up for justice and equality. Are you part of this world? Take a look around you. Take a look inside you. If you’re questioning any direction in your life, if you’re...
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NaNoWriMo & PiBoIdMo

What a month for writers! And while I can’t do all the incredible writing activities that take place every November, they always motivate me to inspire others.   NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month Let’s start with the longest running. NaNoWriMo began in 1999. That first NaNo┬ábinge, as you’ll learn more about HERE, “had little to do with any ambitions we might...
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Kicking the Kickstarter

A few weeks ago I launched a Kickstarter project, and it’s now fully funded and climbing with three days to go. If you haven’t seen it, click below. You don’t have to be a writer to appreciate some of the rewards.     I got a question this morning from a young woman who had an unsuccessful attempt at a Kickstarter project. She asked me for tips. That would be my first...
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Card Deck for Writers

If you’ve known me awhile, you already know I consider myself more of a teacher than a writer. My masters degree project 25 years ago was on teaching writing, and I’ve taught teachers and writers of all ages ever since. And when I discovered I could teach adults the same way I taught kids, we all learned more and had a much better time! For years, one of my teaching tools has been a...
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To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme?

We all love rhyming picture books, but we hear everywhere that no one wants to publish them. Is that really true? Maybe not…   Years ago I heard an editor speak at a conference and clearly say, “Please don’t send me anything that rhymes.” And then when I had a consultation with him and he asked me to send him a rhyming piece of mine that he had skimmed through, I...
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