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September 19, 2018

Whenever I visit schools, I tell students that anyone can be a writer–and I sincerely mean it. So I was especially excited to receive an email from a middle school student a few days after visiting her school. She said she was amazed by the chance to meet a published a...

September 12, 2018

Aside from periods, commas are probably the most used punctuation marks. Except, no one really seems to know how to use them correctly.

September 6, 2018

Get your head out of the clouds. Earth to [insert your name here]. Hey, anyone in there? Ever notice the negative connotation of all these comments about daydreaming?

March 21, 2018

Whenever I visit schools to talk about the writing process, I get to the part about revision, and a collective groan goes up. So I, of course, tell the students that revision is where the magic happens in writing--where you take the sludge you've just thrown on the...

March 7, 2018

Ah, the semicolon. What is it even? Half-comma, half-period? Never has there been a more mixed-up punctuation mark. Use it wrong, and your writing makes no sense. But if you know how to use it correctly, a semicolon can be a powerful tool.

February 26, 2018

Don’t hate me, but I have to confess that I love two things most people hate: Mondays and grammar. Now, hear me out. As much as I love weekends because they give me lots of time to spend with my family, Mondays give me a chance to start fresh and focus on the projects...

February 23, 2018

Remember when you were five and wanted to be an astronaut or a princess or an airplane, and all the adults around you told you that you could absolutely be anything you wanted to be? From the time I can remember, more than anything I wanted to be a writer or an editor.

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