This is a Thinking Through Our Fingers classic, originally shared on November 29, 2011. I have been reading children’s literature all my life. It’s only been the last two years that I’ve started trying to write it. I consider myself an experienced reader and a beginning writer. Because of this, I’ve developed a mentor/protégé relationship … Continue reading Mentor/Protégé
Blurb is a weird word. It sounds like a fish trying to talk. Blurb. Blurb. Blurbitty-blurrrrr-blurb. Quirky as the word itself is, the ability to write an effective one is a vital marketing technique. While studying effective query letters and back covers can help us develop a sort of sixth-sense regarding blurb writing, a lot … Continue reading Back Cover Blurbs vs Query Letter Blurbs
Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of interactions on social media on some pretty difficult topics. Sometimes opinions and viewpoints conflict with others, which can lead to lots of arguing, hurt feelings, and, sadly, sometimes loss of friendship. Other times I’ve seen kind exchanges where respect of others’ ideas happens. These are my favorite to … Continue reading Empathy and Writing
I find it nearly impossible to write in total silence. I was still in high school when I discovered I was most productive in environments that weren't absolutely quiet. Back then, I would take a portable typewriter to the university snack bar to pound out prose. Years later, when I was writing my master's thesis, … Continue reading Silence—a Hostile Work Environment?
Working your way through large, lengthy projects, like . . . oh, writing a novel, for instance, can be overwhelming, can’t it? First you have to write down the words, then you have to fix the words, then you have to fix them a second time, and possibly a third or fourth or fifth time. … Continue reading Bite-Sized Goals and Mousey Nibbles: Managing Lengthy Projects
We are so excited to welcome our newest contributor, Crystal Liechty! This week, I made a vision board. It's my first time undertaking such an endeavor and I felt a little silly the whole time. But I have several friends who highly recommend this process for goal setting so I decided to go for it. … Continue reading Setting Goals for Solitary Souls
I have a dog named Dog. All right, that’s a slight exaggeration. I have a dog named Puppy. His collar says his name’s Ptolemy, but no one in the family has ever called him that. Ever since he wandered into our lives, he’s been Puppy. And really, that’s probably a good thing, because who knows … Continue reading Naming Things