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Thumbs-up Thursday!

thumbs_upLast week, I took my 5-year-old to his end of year preschool picnic. His teacher said they had nicknames for the days of the week and Thursday was, you guessed it! “Thumbs-up Thursday”

So, not that you all are preschoolers, cause you’d be exceptional if you could log online and read my blog, but I thought we could give “thumbs up” to our favorite books and writing resources.

Warning: your participation is needed here!

My fav’s? Whew, the list would go on forever, but here are some of my favorite writing books and websites for writers:

Writing books:

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott: Want to know the true life and struggles of a writer? Ms. Lamott tells it like is, but adds a dose of humor throughout the tips she gives to keep your writing spirits high. (warning: mature language and content)

A Writer’s Book of Days,  Judy Reeves : My copy is dog-eared from so much use. Chock full of writing prompts, tips and quotes from authors who are household names.

A Young Writer’s Guide to Getting Published,  Kathy Henderson : I used this book as a resource in my latest class, Publish Me!Filled with writing ideas, how-to’s on searching for markets and formatting your manuscripts, for every writer, for every genre. Tons of books referenced here.

Favorite writing sites/blogs:

This one, of course!

Capitol City Young Writers

(Meet authors, editors, literary agents in person! Apply to be an editor or writer for the Young Writers’ Literary Journal; plus mentorship opportunities and Quarterly Newsletter – fee to be a member)

NaNo’s Young Writers Program

(tips, tools and chat rooms are a buzzin’ during National Novel Writing month in November, but active throughout the year as well)

 Smart Writers

(lists of contests and tons of links to other young writers’sites)


(Free newsletter for elementary thru college writers with great contests!)

Share your favorites with us!


May 28, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Do you want to write a Book?

VioletRaines-coverStop on over at Writers Inspired today and read the advice from author, Danette Haworth (Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening) and especially what she says to young authors !

And she’s looking forward to talking to you! Be sure to leave a comment or question and Danette will reply to you! (Comments can be posted on Writers Inspired, at the end of the interview.)

May 26, 2009 at 12:10 am

5 Prompt Friday!

A Loong weekend to get some writing done!


Here you go – have at it!

  1. Write about the color green
  2. Reflect on the past school year and write about something you wish you did differently
  3. You take a bite into a big juicy cheeseburger and realize it is just raw red ground beef…what do you do next?
  4. Write about being accidentally locked in your favorite store overnight.
  5. American Idol executives call you up and want you to be a roadie and go on tour for a year with the final 10…

May 22, 2009 at 9:41 am

5 Prompt Friday

(photo courtesy of your prompts last week? Did you write anyway? No?! *insert scolding and nagging*

Just kidding. I wouldn’t scold. I didn’t write last Friday, either. I was on a road trip to Michigan.

But, I’m back , baby! And here are your prompts for this weekend…

  1. Write about a time when someone just snapped (lost control of themselves & freaked out.)
  2. You had a premonition…
  3. Write about an abandoned school
  4. “I opened the drapes and saw…”
  5. In the garden, the gnome blinked at me.

Have fun! Please share more ideas here.

May 8, 2009 at 1:04 am

Achieve Excellence TODAY!

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”
Thomas J. Watson ~ 1874-1956, Founder of IBM

OK, time for an honesty check. Do you ever turn in or submit lazy work? Meaning, you know you could do better, but it’s too hard or you’re not quite sure what needs to be fixed in your writing. So, you chalk it up to “it’s the best I can do.” But is it?

Writing is a competitive sport. I say “sport,” because like baseball, hockey, soccer, etc., writing takes practice, repetition and training. You’ve heard that some authors are “born writers.” But what you don’t hear is that even the best of our league needs to practice, refine and revise. Even the famous names you see on the NY Times Best Seller’s lists have been rejected at one point in their writing careers. And you will be too. It’s part of the game.

But, if you push yourself, join a writers’ group to get feedback on your work, take writing classes, read books on the craft* and WRITE EVERYDAY you will achieve excellence and that coveted byline (aka publication).

I speak from experience, my young writers. Wanna know how I handle rejection? Read about it here.

What do you do to strive for excellence? Have you experienced rejection in your writing? Share your story with us!

*for a list of excellent writing books, check out the side bar “Writer’s Toolbox” on my Writers Inspired blog!



May 7, 2009 at 12:34 am

Wacky Wednesday!

Wacky writing prompts for stories and more!


With one of the BIGGEST (and BEST!) Holidays coming up on Sunday, ahem, Mother’s Day, I was feeling the holiday spirit and found this site for silly holidays throughout the year.

Some  fun ones that you can create stories from:

(Today) May 6 is . . . . . Beverage Day : write about your favorite beverage and why or create a character who always has this beverage on hand and wakes up to discover there are no more cans of…!

May 7 is . . . . .Paste Up Day: what if in your fictional world this day meant everyone in town had to paste up their latest creation: a story, artwork, test or report. And what if the main character was too embarrassed to paste hers up?

May 9 is . . . . . Lost Sock Memorial Day: What would a memorial wall for lost socks look like? Would you wave a flag of the missing sock’s partner? Would there be a song or a funeral for the missing socks? (This one could get quite silly!)

See what other silly holidays you can find or create! Share your ideas with us here!

May 6, 2009 at 9:02 am

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