Writing “in the zone”

Writing “in the zone”

Doesn’t happen often, but isn’t it a thrill when your writing goes “into the zone.” What does that mean? For me, it means inspiration is flowing like water through a fire hose, and I resent making time for eating, sleeping or socializing. It...
Outlining a novel with math

Outlining a novel with math

Ever wondered about outlining a novel? And what does that have to do with math? When I was struggling with math in high school, I decided it was no big deal because I was going to be an author, and why would an author need math?! Ha! Big mistake. Let me tell you all...
Writing toolbox for kids

Writing toolbox for kids

Tools such as storyboards, writing frames, scaffolds, and templates allow kids to use their analytical skills. For instance, if your child can remember the acronym POWER, it will help get him started: P is for plan, O is for organize, W is for write, E is for edit,...
Best metaphors ever

Best metaphors ever

It’s tough coming up with good metaphors. Really tough. So I appreciate it when I come across an author particularly good at them. Some of the best metaphors I’ve seen recently are in Tim Wynne-Jones’ entertaining and thoughtful young-adult novel,...
Fall-ing back into a writing routine

Fall-ing back into a writing routine

Only mad dogs and Englishmen write with efficiency and dedication in August, right? Well, guess what? Summer’s over and it’s time to get back into a writing routine. And that’s okay, because I’ve had one of the best summers ever; I feel fully...