Category: Writing Advice

Jenn FitzGerald is Mother Spider?
November 27, 2015 Writing Advice Jenn FitzGerald

Who is Mother Spider and why all the arachnids? It is interesting to hear adults get squeamish over spiders. What happened to make everyone so afraid of them? I grew up with a great tale of a spider. It was a heart-felt story of a loving and caring spider with beautiful words. You remember the story. She

Written: That Notorious Black Friday
November 27, 2015 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

I love a good deal. What I don’t love is waiting. Especially since by the time I get around to all the places, what I really wanted is gone. I do love Black Friday. I just love it better shopping with my own brewed coffee, in my warm house, in my pjs sans boulder holder,

Treasure Chest Adventure
November 23, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

Today’s edition of Raising Voices is from Savannah. Savannah is the daughter of my best friend and partner here on Our Write Side, Stephanie. She is currently a rising high school sophomore. Her favorite activity is singing, and she is an avid soccer, basketball, and volleyball player. Her future goals include joining her high school

You Don’t Annoy Me
November 19, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue. ~Moliere   You don’t annoy me on Facebook. You don’t annoy me on Twitter. You don’t annoy me on a train or in the rain… Well, maybe, on a train… Recently, I have come across countless blog posts complaining about “annoying status” updates. I read one

Teacher Tales: The Red Ink Diaries
November 18, 2015 Writing Advice Eric Keizer

I don’t like red ink. I suppose, as inks go, it’s probably pretty nice on its own, but it seems like when in a teacher’s hand, it becomes a weapon of mass depression. Apparently, I’m not alone in feeling that red ink for grading is detrimental for student self-esteem. One study, found on prestigious Vanderbilt

One True Rose
November 16, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

This week’s edition of Raising Voices comes from one of my daughter’s schoolmates. Ciela is 13 years old and loves writing fanfic for her favorite anime shows. The following poem is from a story she is working on which I believe is based on Kuroshitsuji. My love, our love is like a blue rose, It’s

That Time I Tried To Go To College. Again.
November 12, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know. ~   Michel Legrand A couple years ago I tried to balance a full-time job, a full house, and a full schedule of college classes. In hindsight, I set myself up for failure. One of the

Teacher Tales: Help Me!
November 11, 2015 Writing Advice Eric Keizer

Maybe I like to think of myself as a street-wise guy. Maybe it’s that I think I can read people well. I always thought I could tell when someone was trying to use chicanery to “get over” on me. Then I met “Amy”, an eleven year-old fifth grade student who attended the school where I

To Social Media or Not To Social Media
November 9, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

Jiovanni joins again for this week’s edition of Raising Voices. Today he is discussing his thoughts on the effects of social media. We’d love to hear your thoughts.         What if one day you walked into a restaurant and it was almost completely silent; the only noise was the sound of text alerts

Written: Surviving NaNo Week 1
November 6, 2015 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

I’m not doing so well with NaNo. I mean, I am writing, but not all of it is directly on my project. There’s a lot to do to run a community such as this, and my brain explodes with new ideas daily. I am pleased with any progress I make, of course, so there really

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