Month: May 2016

The first book on writing I ever read – what was yours?

Nail Your Novel

Most of us here probably have a shoal of books about writing craft. Here’s just one of my shelves.

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But which was the first writing book you ever read?

For me, it was The Craft of Novel-Writing by Dianne Doubtfire. It was a gift from Husband Dave when we first met in 1992. It’s a tiny volume; just 87 pages including the index at the end and throat-clearing at the start. But it has everything you need – theme, viewpoint, planning, setting, characterisation, style, revision.

Dianne Doubtfire Nail Your NovelI flick through it now. At random, I can see sensible advice to use ‘he said’ instead of ‘she gushed’ or ‘he averred’. A section on writing description so the reader remains riveted, with examples from Iris Murdoch and Graham Greene. A paragraph about keeping a notebook beside the bed, including a torch. An explanation of style as ‘a quality as unique as your fingerprints’…

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More Word Puzzles for Teachers

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Here’s a new batch of word puzzles for beginners of English as a foreign/second language. This time, they are about everyday objects, and about family and kinship words. These word puzzles are great as a warmer to revise some vocabulary, or as a cool-down at the end of a difficult or long lesson. Have fun with them!

I’m making them available under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence, which means you may use them for teaching as is, without changing anything, without deleting my byline, and without making a profit with them (e.g. by selling them). Print them out and copy them for your students as often as you like:)

And a heartfelt thank you to all the other teaching material creators out there who make their materials available for free use by teachers! I love you, and you make teaching a lot easier!

Word Puzzle A1.1 Everyday Objects (with solutions)

Word Puzzle…

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Shareworthy Reading and Writing Links May 15

Live to Write - Write to Live

Dancing the Dance – in Life and in Writing

New leaves. Blue skies. A moment of springtime hope renewed. New leaves. Blue skies. A moment of springtime hope renewed.

When artists talk about “flow,” they mean that slightly euphoric state in which the act of creation seems to happen without effort. The rest of the world falls away, and the barrier between artist and art dissolves. Ease, serendipity, and synchronicity collide in a perfect storm of inspiration that bears the touch of the muse and even an element of magic. Flow transforms work from a heavy trudge into an airy dance. Everything you do feels at once delightfully improvised and beautifully choreographed.  Things click. The stars align.

When your writing feels more like a battle than a ballet, you may find it difficult to believe that this kind of harmonious productivity exists; but it does. I promise. One way that I restore my belief in this kind of creative bliss…

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Author interview: Walter M. Williams III

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It is with great pleasure we welcome author Walter M. Williams III to #SymposiumSaturday

About the Author

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Author Bio) 11048604_10156038341085114_1814009266482682119_n

As you are undoubtedly aware, my name, is Walter M. Williams III. Though I have a degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Homeland Security, I am actually in the process of learning more about teaching.

What are your hobbies?

Sadly, I used to read a lot more. Or, actually, I should rephrase that, I used to read a lot more books. Then it seems like one day I found myself reading an increasing number of articles, and studies, then books fell to the wayside. I have been trying to get back into the habit of reading books just for the pleasure of reading, and kick the habit of feeling like I need to read in order to learn something, or…

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A Reading List Inspired by Seattle

A Reading List Inspired by Seattle

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“It’s really beautiful up there.” “Yeah, it’s, like, green.” “Really green.”

Ultimately, this is all I had to go on before I boarded a plane to Seattle last Saturday. Sure, my genius friend Josclin created an eight-page Google Document itinerary for our trip, I listened to a lot of Sleater-Kinney, and I’d oohed and ahhhed at Instagrammed pics of La Push, but none of that can replace actually being in a place.

Our trip took us to Tacoma, Olympia, Forks (TWILIGHT), La Push (and four beaches), Port Angeles (where we slept on a sailboat), the Hoh Rainforest (really green), and, finally, Seattle itself. I got home late Saturday night, jet lagged and eager to pore over every photo with my kind, exhausted parents, who picked me up from the airport.

Seattle was cool and sunny. The flowers were more vivid than anything I’d ever seen on the East…

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Tea and Dark Chocolate – Release Day!

Today!

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It’s finally here! Pick up your copy of Tea and Dark Chocolate now available on Kindle and Paperback, make yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy. I would to hear what your favorite stories are, so hop on by today to the Tea and Dark Chocolate release event on Facebook and meet some cool indie authors for games, prizes and general silliness.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

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But wait there’s more! Want to win a paperback of Tea and Dark Chocolate? Hop on by to Goodreads and be sure to add it to your TBR list.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tea and Dark Chocolate by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Tea and Dark Chocolate

by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Giveaway ends May 31, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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And one more thing …

In honor of the release of Tea and Dark Chocolate all of the titles in the P.A.W.S. series are just…

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