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Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

Margie LawsonBy Margie Lawson

 Big hugs to Laura Drake for inviting me to post at WITS today.

I love teaching writers how to create their best, best, best writing. Writing that draws the reader in so deep, that when the POV character’s heart races, the reader clutches their chest.

Best writing carries specificity and clarity. It carries nuanced power in its structure and style. It carries a compelling cadence in every sentence that drives the reader from the first word to the last.

Best writing cuts words that reader’s skim and adds words that increase power.

Writing body language and dialogue cues at the best level pushes writers beyond using at-the-ready basics and beat-fillers. Best writing doesn’t use words and phrases that are predictable, overused, clichéd. Best writing is fresh writing.

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Adverbs and Dandelions by Stephen King


Bette A. Stevens:

Writing Tips from the King!

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:

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“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day…fifty the day after that…and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s–GASP!!–too late.”

From On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000) by STEPHEN KING

Photo Illustration: Halifax Light, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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kennethweene – Weene Side Reflections – Some lessons learned while running the maze


Lessons in Life from Author Kenneth Weene

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Maine’s Moosehead Lake HIKING & HAIKU: Here, there and everywhere!


by Bette A. Stevens

As a nature lover, teacher,  reader and  writer I often took my class on nature walks with clipboards, pencils and plenty of paper in hand. A great, creative writing project to do with the grandkids!  Goal: each person finds something interesting and inspiring. It might be a flower, a tree, an insect. Subjects in the great outdoors are unlimited. Take notes, usually a list, word web or other diagram about one or two of the most interesting things you’ve observed. Then, write a poem about what you’ve selected and illustrate your poem. Haiku (three lines: 5-7-5 syllables) is one of my favorites for creating quick word snapshots that kids really enjoy writing. Talk to the kids about similes, metaphors and other figurative language. Have an example on hand to model and share with the kids. With illustrated poems in hand, take another nature walk. Find an outdoor theatre (under the shade of a tree in the backyard or playground ). You might even choose to take a walking field trip to a nearby park. Bring a lunch or snack and enjoy a “Poetry Party,” where everyone gets to perform! All of my life, I’ve been inspired by the beauty and wonder in the world around me. A camping trip with my family to Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine www.mooseheadlake.org/ inspired me to write this word snapshot, and, of course, I had fun illustrating it, too.

This was one of my classroom “shares.”

Writing Haiku or any short form of poetry is a great, creative family or classroom activity that’s fun for everyone! Demonstrate your poems and have your own party. As a bonus, you’ve got personal posters for rooms, bulletin boards or scrapbooks!

What are some of your favorite ideas that are sure to inspire kids to have fun reading and writing?

How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play: Barbara Baig: Amazon.com: Kindle Store


 

 

“I believe that everyone has a story to tell…” Bette

What’s Your’s?

 

Here’s a link that may help you tell it to the world!

How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play: Barbara Baig: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

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