A Plot Paradigm Compilation

I have always had trouble with plotting, so I’m a big fan of collecting working solutions to planning the plot. Today I’m posting the latest in my personal collection of plot diagrams, something I’ve put together based on the best plot diagrams I’ve … [Continue reading]

Hot Tips to Get Organized

Getting organized doesn’t have to be hard. It can even be fun – fun to see the mess disappear! And it’s easier to manage schoolwork when you’re organized. That means more free time and better grades. Wow! How cool is that? Start with “stuff”. … [Continue reading]

On Being A Writer

ON BEING A WRITER Writing is my passion, and if you share it, then I think you are truly blessed! Here are some thoughts I have about being a writer: Noted children’s author Jane Yolen has a slogan for writers: BIC. It stands for “butt in … [Continue reading]

Hot Spot!

This article first appeared in Highlights for Children, May, 2006 “Here it comes!” my son Kevin shouted. We felt a rumble beneath our feet. We heard a noise like a roaring train. Boiling water shot out of the ground and blew high into the … [Continue reading]