Everything I have read about writing has advised to read.  Wait, what?  It's so ridiculously similar to exactly what we are trying to teach our students at school.  In order to become a better writer, one must continue to read.  For my students, this is to better understand the craft of being an author; for the obvious characters, setting, and plot, but even more specifically how the author develops his or her characters, why he or she changes the setting, and how the author gracefully builds tension until reaching the climax and then gradually resolves the problem.  For anyone who is trying to break into writing professionally, the advice is the same....read, read, read....

Last week, I finished Carl Hiaasen's Flush and this morning, I finished Gary D. Schmidt's Wednesday Wars  (I would recommend both!).  Up next, is Jaqueline Woodson's Peace, Locomotion, which I am very excited to read because of the unique format in which it was written.  Additionally, Woodson has received honors several times from Coretta Scott King for writing regarding social change (my personal favorite...I frequently check Coretta Scott King award winners for my next read).  Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading and writing over spring break (as well as enjoying the opening to the baseball season)!!



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