Dear Pre-Published Writer

From August 3rd to August 16th, I’ll be participating in Story Embers’ Support the Writing Community Challenge. (Use the link to visit their website to learn more and join in.) #SupportTheWritingCommunityChallenge

As K.M Weiland recently expressed in a blog post, “If you write, you are a writer.”

Publication does not make someone a writer. It’s the act of writing that does. So for today’s challenge, I want to encourage all the pre-published writers out there (including a friend I’ll be reaching out to).

And I just want to say. . .

No matter how impossible the struggle seems, or how many books flow into the world, or how often we as writers feel our words get lost in the sea of words—keep writing. Don’t give up. Persist!

Your voice—your story—matters.

Six Authors Who Left a Lasting Impression

From August 3rd to August 16th, I’ll be participating in Story Embers’ Support the Writing Community Challenge. (Use the link to visit their website to learn more and join in.) #SupportTheWritingCommunityChallenge

Let’s give a shout-out to some of our favorite authors on social media today! Social media can be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Goodreads, or any other place online you connect with other people. For me, that’s here.

To keep the list from getting too long—because there’s so many amazing authors—I’m only going to list six (from this time period). So without further ado and in alphabetical order. . .

Six Authors Who Left a Lasting Impression

Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s Emotion Thesaurus books are my number one writing craft book. I almost always have copy nearby when I’m writing—either in print or on my Kindle (because sometimes books are so good you need them in more than one format). My stories wouldn’t be what they are without these books.

Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes is one of my all-time favorite comics. It’s a fixture from my childhood, and now it’s one in my son’s as well.

Jennifer Cook O’Toole

I’ve only recently discovered Jennifer Cook O’Toole’s writing, but her Autism in Heels was so real and, in many ways, relatable (even though we come from different backgrounds). I wished I’d discovered her books sooner.

Nathan Pyle

Hilariously brilliant. My son and I both love Nathan Pyle’s Strange Planet. It was an instant all-time favorite comic, second only to Calvin and Hobbes.

Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer’s work has had a profound impact on my life. She inspired me to dive deeper—to really connect with God through studying the Word and prayer. And it all started with her Armor of God Bible Study.

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine’s writing is a fixture from my childhood that has spilled over into my adulthood, influencing my own writing. I’ve read many of his books—mostly in the Fear Street series.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Teaching Resource: Creative Writing Lesson Plan

It’s finally ready!

The Creative Writing Lesson Plan has been a labor of love since January. The decision to put it together grew from a desire to engage my son in a way that would foster a joy for storytelling. Many hours went into it’s creation.

And if one other teacher or homeschool parent or student could be blessed by it, I had to share it. But more than that, I wanted to share it.

It may seem strange to be so excited over a project that I’m giving away, but I am passionate about education and helping others. I hope this lesson plan helps in a time when there’s still so much uncertainty.

The Creative Writing Lesson Plan is aimed at kids in grades 5-9. It’s intended to be used with the Pixar Storytelling course on Khan Academy, and includes daily lesson plans, handouts, and worksheets. Plus, there are two lesson plan extensions for editing and revising. In total, it’s over 60 pages!

Download the Creative Writing Lesson Plan for FREE: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creative-Writing-Lesson-Plan-5856897

Virtual Classroom Ready

Google Slides are included with the Creative Writing Lesson Plan, for those looking for remote learning options. Additionally, thanks to TeachersPayTeachers.com, you can also now integrate the worksheets on TpT with Google Classroom—converting them into online assignments. (Instructions for turning the worksheets into digital assignments are included in the lesson plan download.)

A video preview of the first 15 pages.

View additional teaching resources on my TpT page. If you’ve used any of my teaching resources, I’d love to hear about your experience.

Thanks to Greg Pattridge for hosting MMGM! Be sure to check out the other Marvelous Middle Grade Monday posts!

Update: Added a video preview.

Day 1: Fan Letter

From August 3rd to August 16th, I’ll be participating in Story Embers’ Support the Writing Community Challenge. (Use the link to visit their website to learn more and join in.) #SupportTheWritingCommunityChallenge

Story Embers’ Support the Writing Community Challenge starts tomorrow!

I don’t about you, but I’m excited to spread some light and encouragement. Which is sort of why I’m posting this a day early (even though the picture says August 3rd).

About a day after my first post went out, I found a need in the writing community to support for Day 5. But the window for supporting the cause ends on August 4th.

So while tomorrow I’ll still be writing fan letters to other authors, today I’m sharing with you someone else’s story. Think of this as a different type of fan letter—a fan letter for a publisher.

Little Lamb Books, a publisher of Christian fiction for children and teens, was hit hard by the pandemic (like so many others). They have a Kickstarter campaign to raise much need funds to help them continue to publish their award-winning titles. Please check it out and pitch in, if you can. Here’s the link: Little Lamb Kickstarter.

Thanks!

If you’d like to learn more about the company, Lands Uncharted recently posted an interview with the owner, Rachel Pellegrino.

14 Day Community Challenge

Challenge accepted!

For 14 days in August, I’ll be participating in Story Ember’s Support the Writing Community Challenge. And I’ll be posting about it daily, here on the blog.

It won’t replace my regular posts (like the upcoming free four-week creative writing lesson plan on August 3rd). It’ll just be a little something extra to spread some light and encouragement.

I’m excited about it. And, if you can, I hope you’ll join the challenge too. I’ve posted the graphic of all daily prompts below to give you an idea of what’s to come.

But there’s more to the challenge than daily prompts!

Head over to the Story Ember’s website to learn more about the Support the Writing Community Challenge! #supportthewritingcommunitychallenge

And if you have an idea for day 5, please drop it in the comments. I’m a little stumped for what to do on that one. :)

UPDATE: I found a need in the writing community to support!

Little Lamb Books has a Kickstarter campaign to help them keep their doors open. If you’d like to learn more about the company, Lands Uncharted posted an interview with the owner, Rachel Pellegrino.

The last day to donate is on August 4th. Please check it out and pitch in, if you can. Here’s the link: Little Lamb Kickstarter.

Thanks!