Wednesday, August 4, 2021

IWSG: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 ~ Inspiration!

   




It's the first Wednesday of the month,
the day that members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.






To visit the IWSG website, click here.

To become a member of the IWSG, click here.

Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG Founder Alex J. Cavanaugh are PK Hrezo
Cathrina ConstantinePJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi,  and Sandra Cox.

I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.

I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.
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Every month the IWSG announces a question that members can answer
with advice, insight, a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.

Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.

Remember the question is optional.
This month's featured question is: 
What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

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Happy August, Everyone!
I hope this month finds you happy and inspired!

It's discouraging to think of the tenacity of the Covid virus
in the USA and around the world.
I keep myself positive by remembering that each day
brings us one day closer to a normal life.
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy!


Ralph Fletcher  Wikimedia




Favorite writing craft book?
There are so many excellent ones
to choose from.
The one I return to repeatedly is
Ralph Fletcher's What a Writer Needs.




                    

                                            





You may not be familiar with this book
because it's written for teachers.

Ralph Fletcher is a master teacher and writer.
Because of this,
his book is an excellent writing resource
for teachers of writing, teachers who write,
and writers who want to learn
and to improve their craft.



Fletcher is a serious and dedicated writer with the ability
to break the process of writing into its components
and to explain them with a clarity that even children can understand.

Children?  Don't let that throw you!
Children are courageous writers,
and their honesty, insights, and originality can be breathtaking.
Fletcher beautifully blends the writing of children with the writing of published authors,
and there is much to learn from both.

Child Writing a Story


I return to What a Writer Needs over and over
because of Fletcher's lucid explanations of things I need to learn,
relearn, and practice if I want to become a better writer.

I love this piece by a little first grader, Danielle,
which Ralph Fletcher shares in his book.
Ralph Fletcher, What a Writer Needs (Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann, 1993) p. 73.

        "ho I sey.
        Culrdpant.
        in the sqi.
        it macks a.
        reabow."
 
As someone who has read the writing of hundreds of children, 
I can easily read Danielle's piece:  
"Oh, I see colored paint in the sky.  It makes a rainbow."

Every time I think of Danielle's "Culrdpant. in the sqi," 
it reminds me to write fearlessly,
with my heart open to the wonders of human experience.


I hope each of you has fun visiting around today.
I know I'm looking forward to reading your posts!
Happy writing to each of you!





Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

https://selkiegrey4.blogspot.com 








65 comments:

  1. Simple enough a child can understand? I need that book.

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    1. Have a great day, Alex, and thanks for all that you do!

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    2. I really ought to have a mug, since coffee fuels my writing ~ LOL!

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  2. I do miss reading children's stories! Writing was one of my favorite things to teach and one of the trickiest! Luckily my son is falling in love with writing and I am able to work with him!

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    1. I miss children's stories too! I'm glad that you have your son to work with, Steph. That has to be truly rewarding! Have a good one!

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  3. I've never read this book. You are correct that children are courageous writers. We should all write that way.

    Teresa

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    1. Sometimes I miss my kiddos so much, Teresa! They lifted me up daily. Take care!

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  4. Yes, it's discouraging about the pandemic. Thanks for sharing about this book. You're right. I hadn't heard of it. Glad you find it so helpful.

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    1. I hope that you are having a fun IWSG Day, Natalie!

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  5. I've not heard of that book.

    After 4 days of a very busy con, I am so over this mess.

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    1. I hope you are looking forward to some down time, Diane. I've seen exhibiters at many conferences, and they work so hard. Take care!

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  6. Hi, I
    I have heard of Ralph Fletcher, but I have never taken the time to read one of his books.
    My go-to-book is The Writer's Journey, and I can never learn enough from that book.

    All the best.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. I googled "The Writer's Journey," and it looks intriguing, Pat. Have a great day!

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  7. What a Writer Needs sounds great. Happy Writing to you.

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  8. Today I'm reminded of how many books on creative writing there are that I haven't read let alone heard of. He's on my list, Louise. Thank you.

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    1. You bet, Joylene! I'm just beginning to make the rounds today, and I am looking forward to learning about all the favorite books. Have a great day, my friend!

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  9. Good review and choice. I'm thinking back to the books I read during my writing classes and you're right--they are inspirational.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Jacqui, and have a fun day!

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  10. That's really lovely! And I hadn't heard of this book before so I will check it out! I love learning about new ones!

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    1. Thanks, PK! I love learning about new books too! I hope you ae enjoying IWSG Day! Take care!

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  11. I am starting a list of recommended books on writing. I've just added yours. Covid is lingering...such a frustration.

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    1. My list is growing too, Liza! Fortunately, my husband is a good sport about my book addiction. Stay safe!

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  12. I hadn't heard of Fletcher's book. Thanks for adding to the great bibliography of writing craft books today.

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    1. You bet, Lee! After today, my list of books to read is going to be much longer. Such a sad trial ~ LOL!
      All my best to you!

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  13. That child is the cutest thing ever! And talented, too. I hope she kept it up. I'll have to look up Fletcher, too. Happy IWSG Day!

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    1. I love children's writing, Karen Lynn! Reading it, enjoying it is one of the things I miss most about children. It has been a fun IWSG Day so far! Take care!

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  14. I love it! I'm afraid I needed the translation, but it makes perfect sense :) I'm also adding that book to my growing list, even if I am tempted to answer "five hundred a year and a room of her own."

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  15. For K-12? I need this book. Thanks for adding to my list of "new" craft books. I'm amazed at how many are out there that I haven't even heard of.

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    1. I know! Lots of great new books to check out, Lee! Thanks for visiting!

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  16. I hadn't heard of this one -- thank you for the recommendation!

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  17. Hi Louise, thanks for your message, I have been dealing with anxiety because of world situations plus not being able to do normal things like writing a post on my blog due to problems with Blooger life has and is lonely.
    So pleased to hear Terry is getting better and I hope you yourself is fighting fit.
    Keep safe and well both of you.
    Yvonne.

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    1. It's so good to hear from you, Yvonne! I can understand your anxiety. The world is a mess right now, especially with the Delta variant on the loose.

      I've been having fits with Blogger for at least six weeks. For me the problem was writing comments on my posts and others. I was having to type a comment, save it in a desktop document, clear my computer history and cookies, shut down and restart my computer, reopen Blogger, copy and paste my comment from the desktop to Blogger and publish ~ with almost every comment. It made me crazy!!! But yesterday, OMG, the comments worked. Fingers crossed it will continue to work today.

      I can' imagine how lonely you must be! At least I've had Terry throughout this pandemic time. We've met friends a few times, we've gone out to a restaurant a number of times, and I'm back in the gym working out. But I'm wearing my mask in stores and crowded places again. I'm worried that we're going to be dealing with Covid for a while in this country.

      I hope that Blogger starts working for you soon. There are friends in the Blogging world who really care about you, Yvonne. Blogging has been a real support for me during the pandemic. Meanwhile I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Sending you a big hug and best wishes! 💖

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  18. Kiddos sure have some of the best imaginations and can come up with a lot. Great to watch them and learn from them indeed.

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    1. I'm sure you're having a great time with your nephews, Pat! They are darling and lucky to have you. Take care, my rhyming friend!

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  19. Thanks for the tip. Have a great August!

    Anne from annehiga.com

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  20. Great suggestions :-) @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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  21. I'd never heard of "What a Writer Needs" before. Sounds like something I'll have to check out. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  22. Kids say the most amazing things. Thanks for sharing that, even if I needed a translation. LOL

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    1. Definitely children are amazing human beings, Diane! thanks for visiting and have a happy August!

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  23. What an informative post. I'll have to check out Fletcher's book for sure. Thanks for sharing your insight. All best to you!

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! You put a big smile on my face! Happy writing!

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  24. I haven't heard about this book by Fletcher, but I like what you say about it. I think I'll seek it out.

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    1. Great, Olga! Have a good one, and thanks for visiting!

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  25. What a Writer Needs is a new one to me. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  26. I've not read Ralph Fletcher's What a Writer Needs. Now I need to go find it. :)

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  27. Thanks for sharing Ralph's book, Louise. It wasn't one I was familiar with.
    Have a pleasant reading/writing evening.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! It's a reading evening for me. Take care!

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  28. I've not read this one. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  29. My biggest problem is that there are far too many books to read...

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    1. You've got that right, Jemima! One of the things that bothers me about getting older is that I have fewer years left to read. I like to imagine that there are libraries in heaven! Have a lovely weekend!

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  30. It is amazing how much we continue to learn from children! Louise, I also appreciate your positive outlook about COVID. Stay safe and healthy.

    Julie

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  31. It is amazing how much we continue to learn from children! Thanks for the great recommendation. I also appreciate your positive outlook on Covid. Stay safe and healthy!

    Julie

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  32. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Thanks for recommending Ralph Fletcher's What a Writer Needs.

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  33. Thanks for the recommendation. Stay healthy, we will get through Covid!

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  34. I don't know this book, but I agree we could all learn from the writing of children. At that age, we just write without fear of what others may think. Great recommendation!

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