Adjectives and adverbs don’t take the place of strong nouns and verbs!
Begin your piece with an exciting lead.
Capitalization of proper nouns is checked during your self-edit.
Dig deep to find memories and stories that are important to you.
Every sentence should not begin the same way!
Find places to add rich details to build interest.
Give your writing your full attention by reading and rereading your words.
Happy, sad, angry, embarrassed – just appeal to the emotions.
Intelligent readers want you to show not tell!
Just write it down in your writer’s notebook before your ideas escape.
Kindness is okay when you confer, but honesty is important if you’re going to help.
Let your voice be heard! You are unique!
Metaphors are great to use to anchor an image in the reader’s mind.
Never be afraid to take a risk and try something new.
Open up your heart when you write and be passionate!
Poetry is for everyone – free verse, haiku, limericks, tanka, acrostics, sonnets, ballads.
Quit your whining when you write to persuade, or no one will listen!
Revise, revise, revise, revise, revise, revise, revise, revise, revise….
Similes can be tired if you are always as slow as a snail or fast as a cheetah.
Take time to appeal to the senses with sounds, smells, and tastes.
Unusual ways of seeing everyday things – that’s what a writer does!
Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of five tercets and a quatrain – give it a try!
When you have time, use the thesaurus and dictionary to help you.
Xtra, extra…read all about it: writing workshop is extra special because we have a voice.
Your character is revealed through actions, thoughts, talk, and physical descriptions.
Zany and crazy are allowed. It’s okay to be different in writing workshop.