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Aug.27.2009
Summer Saturday mornings are the perfect time for Proustian reminiscing and free association. I had blueberries for breakfast, which made me think about the awesome book Blueberries for Sal (thank you, Penguin, for reissuing it) which made me think about eating blueberries for breakfast with my...
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Aug.27.2009
Congratulations to everyone who has made it this far in our Write Fifteen Minutes A  Day Challenge! You are well on your way to developing a habit that will bring you joy for many years. (Don't know what we're talking about? Read this post. Yes, you can join late - the more, the merrier!) Some...
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Aug.27.2009
Busy day here, so I'll keep things simple. Ready.... Today's advice: This comes from my favorite mystery writer, Elizabeth George. "Writing has to be important to you. A lot of writing is simply showing up and doing the work day after day."Set... Today's prompt: Write a detailed personals...
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Aug.27.2009
The WFMAD 2009 Challenge is steaming ahead! I am honored that this Challenge was featured in the NCTE Inbox Blog, along with a wonderful discussion about creating writing communities in the classroom. If you are a teacher, you definitely want to read this. I'd like to send a shout-out, too, to the...
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Aug.27.2009
How's it going? Have you written every day this month? Fallen off the wagon yet? If you have, do not despair. All is forgiven as long as you write for fifteen minutes today. Where are you writing? Is it the same place every day? Is is a spot where other things - besides writing - happen? Check out...
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Aug.27.2009
I'm off to give a speech this morning... a speech about writing. To teachers. I'll be telling them about this challenge, among other things, and trying to help them shift out of editor mode and into writer mode. I'm also going to explain why focusing on publication can create problems for young...
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Aug.27.2009
Wow! I've had incredible feedback already - thanks to everyone who checked in on Twitter, Facebook, LJ, MySpace and all the other landing zones for this blog. Several people wrote in with suggestions for keeping those precious fifteen minutes uninterrupted. My favorite so far: "Let the dog...
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Aug.27.2009
YES!!! IT'S HERE!!! AUGUST 1ST!!! ::runs around like a madwoman and scares dog:: Got your writing tool of choice warmed up and ready? Have you told your family that the only time they can interrupt your WFMAD writing is in case of fire or arterial bleeding? Have you turned off all your phones? Many...