Sunday, May 15, 2011

Writing Tip # 4: Freewriting

Just as athletes warm-up with stretches before they exercise, I often warm-up before writing. My favourite warm-up is freewriting. But what is freewriting? Freewriting is writing without planning, and these are the rules:

1. Write whatever comes into your head (no matter how strange)
2. Don’t correct your work
3. Don’t stop until your time is up.

Why not try it? Write for three minutes without stopping and you might be surprised with what you’ve written. Maybe it could be something you can use in a story.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Arnie Avery: Crystal Kite Finalist!

Arnie Avery is having an amazing run at the moment. First a CBC Notable Book, and now a finalist in the SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards.