April 8th, 2015

Reading as a Writer — Is It Different?

James Preston

When I was growing up I read a lot.

I had a pattern, a way that I approached books that just evolved sort of on its own. I’d read for a while, get to a really good part and then go off and do something else, something mindless. Often I’d dig a hole. […]

December 10th, 2014

The Best Exercise for Writers Is. . .Reading

Show of hands … How many WITS readers exercise every day? How many of you read every day?

Sir Richard Steele said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

I think about exercising every day. But I can almost always find a promising excuse not to exercise—I need the time to […]

June 5th, 2013

10 Ways I’d Love My Books To Be Like Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley at the Beach in Carlsbad

If you’re a North American parent with a child in 3rd grade or beyond, it’s a pretty sure bet you’ve heard of Flat Stanley. Just in case you haven’t, here’s a quick summary:

The Flat Stanley Project

In 1994, Dale Hubert began the Flat Stanley Project in […]

February 27th, 2013

What is Your Favorite Part of Writing a Story?

Photo credit: Sara F. Fujimura ~ WANA Commons

by Linda O. Johnston

If you’re a writer, what’s your favorite part of writing a story–and how do you make an element your favorite?

How about character?

I always like to focus when I’m starting a new book on determining who my protagonists are […]

February 4th, 2013

Reading as a Reader

Shannon Donnelly is back this month with a topic that I have spoken with other authors about, but never seen in a blog before. I can’t wait to read the comments, to see what you all think! Here’s Shannon:

Something happens when you read a lot—very often stories come to you. A lot of folks […]