Category Archives: Young Writers – Tips

Let Others Read Your Writing (for Feedback)

Let other read your work. As a famous person (good ol’ Ben Franklin) once said: What’s the use of a sundial in the shade? (Think about that for a minute.) It means if you have talents, don’t hide them away. Get them out in the sunlight! As a writer, this means letting a few other… Read More »

Close the Door and Write!

Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. – Barbara Kingsolver Kingsolver is an American novelist, whose novels (The Bean Trees, Animal… Read More »

Does a Poem Need to Make Sense?

Does poetry need to make sense? Maybe, but not always to every reader. As a great American poet said, don’t worry about what a reader understands. A poem is an experience, and it starts with you and the magic of words. “Never worry about . . . what the reader can understand. . . .… Read More »

Skipping Stones, a Great Multicultural Magazine

Interview with Arun Toké Founder and Executive Editor Skipping Stones Magazine Skipping Stones is an award-winning magazine that comes out every two months, five times during the school year. It publishes work by writers of all ages. In a typical issue, you’ll find stories, articles, and photos from all over the world, including pieces in… Read More »

How Do You Start a Story?

So . . . how do you start a story? Here’s great advice from a skilled novelist, John Dufresne, a Florida writer, university teacher in Miami, and author of a book about writing stories, The Lie that Tells a Truth. Here’s what he says in that book: Don’t [start] the story too early, when the… Read More »