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So you want to be a Writer: NaNo for Kids

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So many writers I know said they have always loved writing. They knew from elementary school on that they wanted to be an author.

True story, I wasn’t one of them.

But once I decided to be a writer, I had a lot to learn. For instance, there are two kinds of editing: copy editing and content editing. They are very different, and every story or novel requires a bit–or tons of–both. Yet before a writer can even think about editing, s/he needs to get a rough draft onto paper.

November is a great month to get this done thanks to a group of silly people called NaNoers. You see, National Novel Writing Month occurs in November. It is also known as NaNoWriMo. Big people write 50,000 word stories in 30 days. It’s totally crazy, I know.

True story, I’m one of the crazy big people.

Another true story? Kids can NaNo, too.

Thanks to the Young Writers Program, you pick your word count. So, if you want to be a writer, check it out. Talk to your teacher, your librarian, or gather a group of writerly friends. Click here to join NaNoWriMo and get your first draft on paper. After that, we’ll talk editing.

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in News

 

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The Bully Box: a cool, new website

If you have a bully in your life, you’re not alone. If you don’t know what to do about the bully, you are in good company. Nearly 1/3 of kids are bullied at some time in their lives. And trust me, not very many know how to get the bully to back down.

That’s why I am part of a cool, new website called The Bully Box where teachers, parents and authors give tips on dealing with the big bad in your life. They also give tips to parents and teachers to help make your life a little easier at school or on the playground.

If you want to unlock the box on bullying and find out what you can do to make your school a safer, better place, click the picture above and visit The Bully Box.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in News

 

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Got Bullied? Get Published!

Bullying stinks.

Luckily, some people want to make the world a better place for kids–me and my publisher!

The same company that will publish Abigail Bindle and the Slam Book Scam is putting together an anthology (which means a collection of short stories) for readers like you.

If you want to be a writer, you can follow the submission guidelines below (with parent/teacher help) to have your short story considered for the anthology. You can also share this information with anyone you know who wants to be a writer (like a parent, a teacher or a coach).

  • Short stories can be from the point of view of the bully, the bullied or the bystander (the person who watches the bullying happen.)
  • Stories should be under 2,500 words and have a complete story arc (which means a beginning, a middle and an end) that shows how the characters deal with bullying in the right way.
  • Stories must be received by February 15th to be considered for the anthology.
  • Stories should be sent to catwoods.writer@gmail.com with the words “bully anthology” in the subject line.
  • If your story is picked for publication, your parents will need to fill out a form. No payment will be made for your story, but if it gets published, you will receive a free copy of the anthology.
 
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Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Daily Log, News

 

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