Helpful Books for Writers

One of the things I’m asked often by my students is “What books do you recommend about writing?” As both a writer and a writing instructor, I read a lot of books on writing.  Some of them are helpful, some are somewhat helpful, and some are… well… not that helpful. But then there are a few…

Fail Bravely

Hello, readers! Today’s post is going to be short and simple.   Seriously, like really short and super simple.  Are you ready? Okay. Here goes. If you want to succeed as a writer, you can’t be afraid to fail. That’s it. Okay, well, maybe I can’t leave it at just that.  But that’s pretty much the point of everything else…

Encouraging Creativity in Young Writers

In our family, we try our best to allow space for creativity, sometimes even when it doesn’t “make sense.”   When our daughter was younger, she was in a kids’ class where they sang a song about what they wanted to be when they grew up.  When it was our daughter’s turn, she called out, “Kangaroo!”…