Archive for the ‘On writing’ Category

  • A Look Back at 13 Years of Children’s Literature Conferences Coordinated by Neysa Jensen: Our last one as coordinators

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

    This weekend is the 8th Annual Idaho Conference on Youth and Children’s Literature and Writing. That’s quite a mouthful. We had to think of a name that encompassed the needs of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Boise State Department of Literacy, Language and Culture, and ICIRA (Idaho Chapter of the International […]

  • As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. I’m a writer.

    Sunday, January 18th, 2015

    I struggle with being overwhelmed and stressed with all the good things I need and get to do. This is not just a Mormon problem, but a people problem. I need to make meals, buy food for the meals, clean the house, establish and maintain family and friend relationships, exercise, serve, write, do my church […]

  • I did it! I wrote 50,154 new words for a novel this November.

    Saturday, November 29th, 2014

  • If we are all children of God, how are we unique?

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

    As Mormons, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that all of us are children of God. Not just Mormons, but everyone who has lived, now lives, and will yet live on the earth. Heavenly Father is the father of our spirits. We are all brothers and sisters as spirits […]

  • Let’s talk testing, a non-religious topic

    Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

    This past weekend I attended a conference at Boise State University called “Tell Me a Story.” Along with topics on writing, plot structure, and what publishers don’t tell you, I heard Kelly Gallagher speak about reading, common core, and testing in our schools. Kelly is the author of Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and […]

  • Author Jennifer Nielsen, visiting Meridian and Boise, ID

    Monday, April 14th, 2014

    JenniferNielsen¬†will be in Boise and Meridian next week. I love her Ascendancy Trilogy: The False Prince, The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne. Come and hear her speak at the Meridian Public Library on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 pm. Or she will be signing books at Rediscovered Bookshop on Friday, April 25 from 4-5:30 pm. […]

  • My 10-no 18-page paper on my greatest weakness

    Friday, January 13th, 2012

    Yes, I'm an overachiever. This was a great assignment. The short version is that each author I analyzed showed what the character was thinking in different ways. Imagine that. So, in my writing I've got to stay true to my voice, my character's voice, and dig deeper. My paper can be viewed as a pdf. […]

  • The Big Writing Assignment, A 10 page paper for fun

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

    My next writing exercise from Finding Your Voice is to write a 10 page paper on my biggest writing weakness, identify authors whose writing is strong in that area, and analyze how they do it. My biggest writing weakness–not by biggest human weakness (we'll save that for another day)–is that I don't show what's going […]

  • Organic images exercises

    Friday, December 2nd, 2011

    I'm learning to find my voice from Finding Your Voice by Les Edgerton and I'm going to put myself out there and post some of the writing exercises. I'm supposed to "create a line or three that gives a metaphor or image that could only "work" within the parameters of that environment and that environment […]

  • More Connections

    Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

    This past Friday and Saturday, September 10 and 11, 2010, I attended a writing conference in Boise. And I made connections. Connections with other authors, an editor, and an agent, connections with my own writing, and connections with my past. Wow! That's a lot for one conference to accomplish. With his storytelling skills and emotional […]