Ready for NaNoWriMo?

It’s that time of year again! Time to hang up the skeletons and put out the tombstones, but also time to brush off the Word documents and start a new novel. It’s time for National Novel Writing Month! If you’ve been around here for a while, you may know that I’ve done and won NaNoWriMoContinue reading “Ready for NaNoWriMo?”

Hinges and Stitches: Thinking About Transitions in Writing

I was winging it in the classroom the other day, analyzing some paragraphs in a response to a very important landmark physics paper and how they transition, and I hit on an image that I think is going to be useful for a long time: hinges and stitches. My class uses Graff and Birkenstein’s excellentContinue reading “Hinges and Stitches: Thinking About Transitions in Writing”

NaNoWriMo 2020 Update #3

Par today is 31,673 words. As of writing this, I’m at 31,865 words. I haven’t written for today yet. So it’s still safe to say I’m doing all right this year. Today i want to ask: Why do you write? Everyone writes for different, often deeply personal reasons. I’ve been thinking about these reasons aContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2020 Update #3”

Building Plot: The Power of Yes

When I had been writing fiction in earnest for about two or three years, I was doing some revision when I noticed a pattern: my characters said “no” a lot in dialogue. It ranged from quiet “no”s to big, dramatic, Luke-finding-out-who-his-father-is “NOOOOooooo”s. I mean, I was a middle schooler at the time, and my writingContinue reading “Building Plot: The Power of Yes”

Dr. Cox’s 3 Rules For Peer Criticism

Peer criticism is unquestionably important for learning, especially in writing. It’s also unquestionably tricky to implement effectively. To help out, in this post I offer three simple rules you can use to guide a peer criticism session. There is a lot against us in the traditional classroom when we try to implement peer criticism. ThereContinue reading “Dr. Cox’s 3 Rules For Peer Criticism”

Here’s To You, Steady Writers: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #3

You’re dependable. You’ve written every day, faithfully: 1667 words. Maybe sometimes a little less, maybe sometimes a little more. Your graph is smooth. And no one is asking you if you’ll be ok, because they know the answer: Yes, and you’re doing fine. Just fine. And it feels weird. Because all around you, you’re seeingContinue reading “Here’s To You, Steady Writers: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #3”

Encouragement for Lower Word Counts: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #1

This first third of NaNo has not been my best first third of NaNo ever. I’ve averaged about 1k per day of actual writing. That’s about 700 words per day short of where I should be, which I’ll need to make up, of course. However, it’s not unusual. Sometimes you get a rocky start. It’sContinue reading “Encouragement for Lower Word Counts: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #1”

Last Minute NaNoWriMo Post

It is, at the time of publishing this, October 31st. Not only is that Halloween (which is important for its own sake), it is also the day before National Novel Writing Month. At midnight, the writing may begin. This is the 20th year of NaNoWriMo, which started in 1999. It’s my 14th year. And IContinue reading “Last Minute NaNoWriMo Post”

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