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Here at All Write with Me, kids get tips from a children’s author, share their writing online and gain confidence in a fun, supportive environment.

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Opinions, please!

In the mood for some school-based, middle-grade fantasy? Do you like relatable characters who get themselves in heaps of trouble? Action and adventure? Suspense and surprises?

My third novel, How I Broke My School, is now available and I’d love to know what you think of it.

After all, I’m writing for you.

For Amazon’s book description and Amazon customer reviews, select this link.

If you’re interested, contact me at dianeowens@allwritewithme.com to receive the free ebook for reviewers. I’m looking for and would welcome reviews and opinions from teachers, parents, and kids of all ages. If you’re under 13, please ask your parents to contact me.

Benson’s Got Bling!

Benson Bling SWWhen you write a story, you’re never going to see it the same way a reader would. Because you’ve spent so much time thinking about it, writing it and revising it, it becomes impossible to separate the story that exists in your mind from the one that exists on the page.

And that’s why reviews, and other people’s opinions, are so important. That’s how you find out what worked and what didn’t.

Which is why I’m over here, still doing my happy dance, after No Ordinary Lizard received a 5 Star Review from Readers Favorite. (Click on the link if you’d like to read it.)

I wanted readers to fall in love with Benson, the lizard (and star) of this story, but I honestly didn’t know if anyone would. So yes, it feels awesome that Benson’s earned himself some shiny bling.

But. This is just one person’s opinion. What I really want to know, what I really care about, is what you think.

So I’ve made the ebook free at all major retailers and priced the paperback edition as low as Amazon allows. All I ask is that you give me your honest opinion by posting your review on Amazon.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for reviewing. I’ll be over at Amazon, ready to read your opinion as soon as it comes in. Yes, it does matter that much. After all, I wrote this story for you.  

 

A Feel Good Story

Are you in the mood for a cute, positive story? Check out Painter Dawg submitted by Ink Wolf. Thanks for sharing Ink Wolf!

Poetry and Song Lyrics

I’m pleased to share two new poems, Freedom and Rosebud, and lyrics to the song Glory of the Dawn. All guaranteed to make you feel good. Thanks, Mikaela!

Chapter Two

Mikaela submitted Chapter Two of The Magic Sword of Trestia. She says she’s really excited about this new revision and I am, too.

Follow the link and remember to comment. I know she’d love to hear what you think!

 

 

In her latest poem, Friendship Garden, Mikaela brings together two of my favorite things: friends and flowers. Perfect for spring. Perfect any time.

She’s also submitted the first chapter of her latest revision of The Magic Sword of Trestia. I’m truly impressed by the journey this story has taken and the time, dedication and talent that Mikaela has put into it.

I have removed the earlier version of this story so older links to it may no longer make sense. I apologize for any confusion this may cause but I know you’re going to love this latest revision. Excellent job, Mikaela!

 

brian-jacquesThey say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It’s also the best way to try on different writing styles. That’s exactly what Inkwolf has done in her latest short story, A Woodlander’s Lunch.

This is a perfect tribute to one of Inkwolf’s favorite authors, Brian Jacques.

Nice job, Inkwolf. I’m certain Brian Jacques would be flattered by this story that mirrors his highly descriptive style.

read imagine exploreRead Mikaela’s Poem and the next chapter of God is Now Here by selecting the links. Both of these submissions made me smile but for very different reasons. The poem is a funny and smart explanation of how many married people stay married. The new chapter gives Tina a hard and important decision to make. It also includes a poll asking readers what choice they’d make.

Revised and Expanded

 I loved the beginning of Mikaela’s story, God is Now Hereauthor at work, and couldn’t wait for her to write more. Now that she has, I’m happy to share it here. Mikaela has done an excellent job of showing us her characters through their actions and dialogue. She’s revised Chapter One and made it even stronger. She’s continued the story with strong details, descriptions and dialogue. Her main character’s motivation to change is realistic and told well. This is a truly inspirational story. Well done, Mikaela!

New Continuing Story

planetMikaela starts her newest story, Awesome World of Randomness, saying she let her imagination run wild on this one. And run wild it did. Loaded with creativity, interesting characters and plenty of action, I highly recommend you follow the link for laugh-out-loud fun. Thanks for sharing, Mikaela!

voteMikaela has created several interesting and exciting characters in The Magic Sword of Trestia and she’d like to know which one is your favorite. Read her newest chapter, Chapter Six, then answer the poll that follows this chapter.

author at workMikaela’s been busy writing and I’m pleased to say she’s sharing it all right here. Follow the links to read the additions then leave a comment to let her know what you think. I’m sure she’d appreciate it!

Read Chapter Five in her newly revised The Magic Sword of Trestia.

Read four new entries to The Spark Diaries.

Mikaela also started a new group project about a “tweetbird’. You’ll find it under Group Projects, Humor #2. Follow the link then select “Leave a reply” to continue this story.

Incredible work, Mikaela – as always!

Comments

commentsMany of you have left comments and questions under the Share Your Writing page. It makes sense because that’s what most users have questions about. However, I think all those comments might be confusing to new users. So I’m trying something new. From now on, if you have a comment or question about the site or posting, I’ll copy and paste it here on the home page.

So here goes. Mikaela posted this question earlier today:

I’ve been thinking, I’d like to focus my attention to two or three stories at the most, instead of turning every idea into a story that I never finish. I feel overwhelmed at all the stories I’ve started, and I know that I probably won’t finish them all. So do you think I could remove Annavava, twilight hero (both versions) and Eagle? I know that’s a lot but I don’t think I’ll be working on those stories anymore, or at least for a while.

It’s no problem removing stories from the site. Just make sure you have a copy of your own before you ask me to. You might change your mind and feel like working on them again someday.

thumbs up winkMikaela has done an awesome, awesome job of revising the first four chapters of her story, The Magic Sword of Trestia. Excellent job, Mikaela. I can’t wait to read the rest! By the way, I replaced the first version of this story with this new revision but I didn’t remove any of the comments. This is kind of confusing (since some of these comments no longer apply) but I didn’t want to remove the comments because they might still be helpful to Mikeala.

I’d also like to welcome our newest writers, Wilson and Georgia. Wilson and Georgia have used a random word generator to help them create This Story. (Wilson and Georgia, please supply the title for this story so I can give it its proper name.) Random word generators are a great way to get your ideas flowing. Here’s a link to the one these writers used if you’d like to give it a try: http://writingexercises.co.uk/take-three-nouns.php.

teamworkMikaela has answered Annie Song’s plea to save the Fantasy Group Project with a time guard mouse. I can’t help but wonder what will happen next! Thanks, Mikaela. I was missing this story, too.

Two Awesome Stories

Two talented writers are back on the site, sharing two powerful stories.

In The Spark Diaries, Mikaela shares a complex world of her creation through several characters’ diaries. Her excellent use of dialogue not only shows us how this world operates but also how each character feels about it. In just a few short segments, the beginning of The Spark Diaries imparts lots of interesting information in a dynamic, captivating way.

Annie Song also uses different characters and snappy dialogue to share information and ramp up the action in The Dust Bunnies 7 – The Real Enemy. In this story, the team grows from an unexpected source after the real enemy is revealed.

I’m certain you’ll enjoy both stories, so go read them now and remember to comment.

Welcome New Poet

welcome mat clip artGemx_the_writer started a great, new poem under Group Projects-Poems, called Time. Follow the link to add to the poem. Welcome to the site, Gemx!

writer's blockAnnie Song wrote in a few days ago to say that writer’s block was keeping her from coming up with another Dust Bunnies story. I’m pleased to report she’s overcome it and equally pleased to share her newest story: The Dust Bunnies 6: The Assault. It’s entertaining, fun, and well-written. Annie Song, if you get a chance and if you’re willing, please respond to this post and let us know how you overcame the dreaded Writer’s Block.

Yay! More Dust Bunnies!

more dust bunnies (2)Annie Song added three more stories about the dust bunnies. Here are links and summaries to each:

The Dust Bunnies 3: The First Step — Find out about Raven’s role and the dust bunnies’ past

The Dust Bunnies 4: The Bottle — The Legend of the Thorn Bottle and how it might help them fight Raven

The Dust Bunnies 5: The Alliance — Dust bunnies and dragonflies plan to unite but before they can put their plans into action, something goes horribly wrong

I am so loving this world you’ve created, Annie Song. And so glad you’re sharing it here with us.

Creativity vs. Wisdom

duelingIn her latest poem, Creativity and Wisdom, Layla answers which would win and why. What do you think?

Powerful Poetry

welcome butterflyPlease help me welcome our newest writer, Layla Hoffman, by reading and commenting on her inspirational poem, I Have Met the Darkness. Go ahead. Select the link. You’re going to love it.

I’m glad you found us, Layla!

dust bunnyWhat would it be like to have dust bunnies as friends? Or be caught in a storm in the middle of a farm? Or be cornered by a wolf? Find out in Annie Song’s newest story, The Dust Bunnies: The Storm. Awesome job, Annie. I felt like I was right there, experiencing everything that happened, which is exactly what makes a story exciting.

Welcome New Writer

welcome matAnnie Song has added a lot of imagination to the site. Check it out.

The Dust Bunnies

Fantasy group project

Realistic fiction group project

I love your details and descriptions, Annie. Welcome to All Write with Me. I’m glad you found us!

This is How You Do It

author at workAction. Strong characters. Conflict. Trouble. Recent change and more change about to take place. All the elements you need to create a powerful beginning.

Mikaela included every one of those elements in Chapter One of God is Now Here – not an easy thing to do, and yet the writing flows so easily.

Mikaela, awesome job. Everyone else, go read this story right now. You’ll see how great beginnings keep us wanting more.

New Poem

poetryAh, poetry. Perfect words arranged in the perfect order to create the perfect tone, the perfect rhythm and the perfect feeling. Read The Shack of Decision and see how Anne also uses poetry to show how different people respond to the same thing. Perfectly. Welcome to the site, Anne and thanks for sharing!

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