Public and Private Writing

Today, on the morning of this second day of the new year and the last day of winter break, I'm drawn to write. This is nothing new. Writing is a big part of who I am. It always has been. I imagine it always will be. Like many other writers, as I contemplate my thoughts … Continue reading Public and Private Writing

Best writing advice

What has been the best writing advice you've received?  Or, if you could pick one piece of advice to share with others, what would it be? ~Melissa 🙂

Grammar Girl and Spooky Story Contest

I have stumbled upon a great podcast called the “Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.”  This is the first (and only) podcast that I have subscribed to, but I wanted to make sure that I shared it with you.  (First blogging, now podcasts...what's next?) If you feel like you need a little … Continue reading Grammar Girl and Spooky Story Contest

“Experience is what you get…”

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. – Dan Stanford Got that?  I know that you may be very busy wallowing in your own self-pity or reliving that disappointment over and over again in your mind, and in your heart (and I am certainly talking to myself on this one … Continue reading “Experience is what you get…”

There is no such thing as writer’s block!

My students hear me say all the time that, "There is no such thing as writer's block!"  There is no excuse for not having something written after a period of freewriting or when a writing assignment is due.  It may not be your best work, you may not want to share it, you may not … Continue reading There is no such thing as writer’s block!

Read Often!

When I've asked for advice on how to become a better writer, and searched for tips to teach my own students, the one thing that comes up all the time is that writers need to read, and read often!   To some extent what we read isn't really as important as how much.  We should simply … Continue reading Read Often!