Author: Spencer Campbell

Ally Condie Author of Matched Gives a NaNoWrimo Pep Talk

Dear Writers, It is my pleasure and privilege to write this letter for NaNoWriMo! I am very honored to have been asked to do so by the Young Writers Program. I am impressed by you. All of you. Because your lives are busy. You have a multitude of things you could be doing now and you make the choice to write. You’ve decided to participate in something large and wonderful and exciting—you’re trying to write a novel. Congratulations! I’ll tell you a secret. I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo, but I’ve never written a novel in a month. But I still love writing along with the others who are. I like to think of the “Mo” at the end of NaNoWriMo as “More.” So November is often my month of writing more. I find more moments in the day to write down a sentence or two, more space in my life to think about the novel and what it could be and who the characters are. I let them linger in my mind a little longer, I cook things like pancakes for dinner so I have more time to write, I jot down more notes on the backs of school assignments or send more texts about the novel (questions, ideas, etc.) to myself. So—what is your more? It could be so many things. It could mean that you write 100 more...

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Mr. Campbell’s Top Ten Coolerst Sites of the Week

Mr. Campbell’s Top Ten Coolerst Sites of the Week  a list of cool sites/findings/websites and other things that make you say, “Wow, that is the coolerest.” 1) Have you already carved your pumkins? If not take some advice from Martha Stewart. Check out all of them they are crazy… 2) READ YOUR BOOKCASE                     3)NANOWRIMO PUMP UP LETTER Hello, NaNoWriMo participants! Lauren Oliver here. People often ask me for writing advice, and I say the same thing again and again: the only way to become a writer is to write. Everybody’s process is different, of course, but for me there has been no sudden flash of inspiration, no stylistic leaps forward, no magical formula. I have learned to write by practicing writing every day, just as I learned to cook by cooking (and blackening a lot of pans/setting off a lot of fire alarms in the process); I imagine that if I wanted to learn to play the piano, or tap-dance, I would have to practice those, too. Equally important to the practice of writing is an ability to disable the voices that tell you that writing is impractical or too hard or somehow beyond your reach. It’s as important to write quick drafts, bad drafts, and failed drafts as it is to write successful ones—I honestly believe you can learn...

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