Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kids Who Want To Write

What do you do if you are a kid who wants to write? My advice would be do it. If you feel like writing, then write. Write letters, write poetry, write in a journal, write stories. Any kind of writing is good practice if you want to be a writer. And read, a lot. Read the kind of books that you want to write. You need to become familiar with the flavor of what you want to write.
Of course it doesn't hurt to read other genre's too. Get lots of information crammed inside that head of yours. You may love science fiction, but give a historical novel a chance.It doesn't hurt to have lots of insight into other things to glean from. Historical facts, biology, science, language, geography, astronomy, mythology, all these subjects and more can be helpful in writing. Learning is great adventure. Barbara Streisand in her movie "Yentl" sang,"The more I learn, the more I realize -the less I know." I believe what she meant is, every time you learn something, you realize that there is so much more to learn. Then take what you learn, use your imagination, put a new twist on it and tell a story that no one has ever heard before. Albert Einstein, one of the greatest thinkers of our time, said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
So get out there and write. I dare you.

Friday, November 20, 2009

An Angel on Main Street by Kathi Oram Peterson

Yesterday I read 'An Angel On Main Street' by Kathi Oram Peterson. It was a delightful little Christmas story that takes place after the Korean War. Having lost her husband, a young widow moves her family to a small town in Idaho for a fresh start. The fresh start is for Micah. He's a good boy, but hanging out with the wrong crowd got him in trouble in the last place they lived in.
To complicate things, Micah's little sister, Annie, is very sick after having rheumatic fever. When a manger scene begins to mysteriously begin to appear one piece at a time on main street, it seems to give Annie hope. Micah vows to find the the baby Jesus and bring it to Annie before she gets any weaker.
If only Micah can accomplish his goal without the interference of the pesky town sheriff who seems to keep butting into their lives and making goo goo eyes at his mom.
Written from a young boys point of view, this sweet story of courage and determination will give you a good dose of the holiday spirit, no matter when you chose to read it.
An Angel On Main Street is available on Amazon and at Deseret book at this link http://deseretbook.com/item/5030490/An_Angel_on_Main_Street
View the book trailer at
The Author, Kathi Oram Peterson, is also having a contest on her blog this month. It's called 'An Angel In Your Life Contest'. To enter, simply write about an experience where someone was an angel in your life and e-mail your story to Kathi at kathiorampeterso@yahoo.com by Dec.15th. Winners will announced on Kathi's blog www.kathiswritingnook.com.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Do You NaNo?

Well yes, I am in the depths of the NaNo WriMo experience. What is NaNo WriMo you ask? It's National Novel Writing Month, and it's intense. You are supposed to write 1000 words a day. You aren't supposed to do any reasearch or re-read what you have written. There are a lot of rules on the official NaNo website http://www.nanowrimo.org/ but for most of us, the main thing is just to write like crazy and let the creativity flow.
The idea is to get a whole novel written in a month. I have heard that a lot of people have done it. I don't know who these super hero writing fiends are, but after only a few days of trying to meet my word quota and failing miserably, I must say I admire those who actually follow through. But I have to ask, where are your kids? C'mon did you send them to boarding school for the week. What about your husband? You sent him on a brother's only cruise, right. Even the dog wants my attention, sheesh.
So I made a bookmark for all you intrepid NaNo WriMo participants. Drop me a line and I'll send you one. If you can't quite see the quote, it says : To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time. Leonard Bernstein