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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Why Student Writers Procrastinate

We all procrastinate in some areas of life, but procrastination in school assignments – particularly writing – can have adverse consequences.   In my experience, I have seen students’ writing improve drastically from one draft to the next, yet many students leave only enough time for a hurried first draft before the due date. When students... Continue Reading →

Growing Young Writers: 6 Ways to Encourage a Love of Writing in Your Preschooler

When talking about preschoolers, often the word writing is used to mean the fine motor skill of  handwriting or penmanship.  In this context, however, I am talking about writing in the sense of composition, translating complex ideas into written word. Here are 6 tips for helping young children develop the skills they will need to be competent,... Continue Reading →

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