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 […]

December 21st, 2012

10 Things I Know About How Writers Read

By Jenny Hansen

From our earliest moments, most writers are avid readers. We devour books – for story, for Craft, for new worlds and new ideas.

We have To Be Read piles (TBR for short) that are taller than small children. Our favorite authors and characters become our friends.

I don’t know if we become […]