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NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) occurs every November. Since 2011, I have participated four times with my sixth grade students. While my goal was always 50,000 words, going along with the adult site, my students set their own goals with NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program. When they finished editing their novels in December, I published an… Continue reading NaNoWriMo

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Five Tips for Loving Yourself

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." – Anne Frank In my novel, The Aloha Spirit, the main character learns that in order to find aloha in the world around her she must first find it in herself. People are all capable of learning to… Continue reading Five Tips for Loving Yourself

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Write What You Don’t Know

(first published August, 2020 by Women's Writers, Women's Books) Many writing teachers tell new authors to write what they know. That has value if you are describing a setting, for example. It helps to know how the place looks, feels, smells, and sounds. But what if you write fantasy? No one knows what it’s like… Continue reading Write What You Don’t Know