Writing Lesson 27 – Remembering Anne Frank

Why Do You Write? On January 12 Miep Gies, guardian of Anne Frank and her amazing diary, passed away at the age of 100 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100112/ap_on_re_eu/eu_netherlands_obit_miep_gies). Anne Frank went into hiding with her family and four other Jews shortly after her 13th birthday. Miep and others hid them for two years until they were discovered by […]

Writing Lesson 21 – The Dreaded Edits

Writing Your Story is Only the First Step Ponder this quote from the blog of author and freelance editor, Maryanne Miller (http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2010/01/things-that-drive-editor-crazy.html): “Developing the story and getting it down on paper – or stored on your hard drive – is only the first step in writing a book. The next couple of steps are crucial […]

More About the First Annual (First Ever) NOVELWritingSite.com Writing Contest

Again this week, let me remind you about our first ever Annual NOVELWritingSite.com contest. Hopefully throughout the fall semester, you’ve been trying out some of your new skills on stories of your own. Is it working? We’re offering you the opportunity to have professional writers take a look at the first twelve pages of your story and […]

Announcing the 1st Annual NovelWritingSite.com Contest!

By this time, we hope you’ve been inspired to work on some stories of your own. They may not be novels yet, but they could be the start of something big. How do you know if you’re on the right track? Almost all professional writers have a critique group–people they trust to read their early […]

Writing Lesson 17 – Research Can Be Fun!

I tell my writing students that I was a hopelessly nerdy teenager. When I illustrate by explaining that I looked forward to writing research papers because I just loved to dig through the dusty shelves of the library, they are inclined to agree! But I insist that research can be fun. Since it’s getting near […]