Category Archives: Writing

Dolphin Summer Vacation

In 2008 dolphins took a summer vacation in New Jersey’s Navesink River, feasting on plentiful fish stocks. The dolphins were an unusual site and tourist attraction, but fears arose when temperatures dropped, the river began to freeze, and the dolphins did not leave. Months later news reports showed dolphins retrieved from the shore; many of […]

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Writing development

Marie credits the knowledge gained from writing instruction books with helping her polish and improve her fiction writing. “I have always had great ideas and could imagine great stories, but I needed guidance to make my stories more reader-friendly,” she says. “This guidance came from books by writers like Noah Lukeman, David Mamet, Donald Maass, […]

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Realism in Middle Grade Lit

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, both published in 2009, reveal important concepts and trends in American literature through their comparison. Primarily the author’s choice of using sci-fi/fantasy or American Realism in children’s literature from the protagonist’s point of view as a resolution to the conflict […]

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Overcoming Writer’s Block with Setting

Writer’s block is stereotypically depicted as a writer staring at a blank page. I disagree with those depictions. For most writers, I think a more accurate description of writer’s block is when you are in a scene and something just doesn’t feel right, but you are not sure where to go or what to write […]

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Your Vision Brought to Life!

What’s amazing about Pinterest for anyone with a vision for their organization? Do you have a vision for your idea, book, company, or organization? Try Pinterest! Pinterest is the incredible and elegant social website that allows users to create their own pinboards and pin pictures from anywhere on the web. Besides being fun, creative, and […]

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Action – Part Two

America is a country of action, and I sought to represent this through the use of verbs by the characters. “Ponderosa Pines reaching up to the sky” is one example. Rather than stating “The Ponderosa Pines are tall.” In Hollywood, “actors stroll on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.” Rather than “Hollywood is full of actors.” […]

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Action – Part One

While writing “The Home Run that Tours America,” I tried to decide how I could create a poetic motif in descriptions of states throughout the book without compromising the uniqueness of the states while coupling that motif with American ideals. I recalled reviews of Walt Whitman and decided the best motif to use for these […]

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