Hi Writers and Teachers! Character is the foundation of story! The following exercises can help you understand all your characters–from the POV character to the antagonist and ally–all from the inside out! Please feel free to share with friends! And let us know if they work for you! WHO ARE YOU? Divide participants into pairs....
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Dear Writers, Are you working on a novel? Need some motivation to kickstart your revision? Or perhaps a new way to think about revision–or what I call reimagination? Or are you simply tired of going it alone? Registration is open for Getting To Know Your Novel at the Highlights Foundation. Here’s what makes this class...
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Thank you SO MUCH for all the enthusiasm for The Wish List 2: Keep Calm and Sparkle On! As a person who has NEVER WON ANYTHING EVER (except one game of negative Bingo–in other words: I was the last person to put a tile on my board), picking the winner for a giveaway: a) is...
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Hi Friends– If you know me, you know I love to celebrate every writing milestone! This week, my wonderful editor sent me ARCs for Book Two of The Wish List series! Since they arrived on International Day of the Girl, I thought it would be fun to give away some books with GIRL POWER! But...
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Dear Writers, Teachers, and Friends, During these nine days of Awe, as the heat has (finally) broken, I’ve thought a lot about my goals for this year. I’ve thought about new stories. Talking to readers. Making a difference. Working with writers. I am lucky. But I am also troubled. Mostly, for creativity. For play. For...
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Want to be a fairy godmother or godfather? There is NOTHING more gratifying than helping someone else. Inspired by the 2017-18 PLANNING TO CHANGE THE WORLD plan book, here are ten easy ways to bring social action to your class or family! Sparkle On!!!!!    
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They say you can’t go home again. But on August 21, that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Here’s the scoop: Do you have a wish for your story?     The magic you need to make your wish come true could be waiting for you at our WISH UPON A STORY event. Join us at the Bethlehem...
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Going to NerdCamp was like getting a crash course in Kindness 101. Since I came home, I’ve been thinking about what I learned–what kindness means–in the real world and for all of us, as we draft and write stories for young people. In this post, I want to think about this goal in order to enrich our lives,...
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We all have days where we don’t feel appreciated, days where we think it doesn’t matter if we don’t write or draw or create or even dream. We all have days when we’re sure nobody hears us, days when we are sure if we don’t show up, no one at all will notice. These were...
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Tip of the Day June 5, 2017 “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” -Oscar Wilde Dear Writers, Thank you to everyone for helping me celebrate the release of The Wish List #1: The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever! This book is the...
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On Tuesday, The Wish List #1: The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever will be released into the regular world! Want to celebrate with me? Let’s flood the world with official fairy godmother cheer! On TUESDAY (i.e.: not Memorial Day), tweet or post your wish to make someone else happily ever after. Use the hashtag: #BeAFairyGodmother and...
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Good morning! Last week, after I introduced a group of readers to The Wish List #1: The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever, a reader asked me a question I have been asked many times before: Did you design your cover? And in this case, did you draw the illustrations? I LOVE this question! Like many writers, I...
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