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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.

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!

 

 

Calling All Fans of Brian Jacques and the Redwall Series

 

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.

More Trestia and a Reader Poll

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.

Two Additions and One New Group Project

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!

A Major Revision and a New Writer

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.

Fantasy Group Project Alive and Well

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.

Breaking Through that Writer’s Block

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.

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!

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me

We read stories to experience things we might not otherwise. The more we feel like we’re there, right in the middle of the action, the better we like it and the longer we’ll remember it.

The same is true for learning about characters. We don’t want to be told what a character is like; we want to form our own opinions and figure it out for ourselves. That’s why the best way to introduce a character is to show them doing something that is typically them, then show how other characters react and respond.

mean eagleWant to see how? Read the opening scene of Mikaela’s newest story, Eagle, for a great example of how to show, not tell. Well done, Mikaela!

Pssstt…

yellow python coiledSirius uncovers a life-changing secret. Read Chapter Two of Ink Wolf’s Scales and Tails to find out what it is.

Bring on the Snakes!

snakeTypically, I don’t like snakes. I didn’t like spiders either, but Inkwolf changed my mind about those eight-legged beasts in Guardians in the Window. Now she’s making me care about snakes in her newest ongoing story, Scales and Tails. How does she do it? She gives her characters strengths and weaknesses we respect, admire, and relate to, then surrounds them with problems and trouble that we understand. This is how you make a great story. This is how you make your readers care and feel and worry. Another great addition to the site. Thanks for sharing, Ink Wolf!

Spidey Sense

spiderThere’s a party going on but there’s also a decision that has to be made. Will Alleki choose to go with the Soul Takers or will his choice be made for him? Read Chapter Four of Ink Wolf’s Guardians in the Window to find out.

Those Spiders are There for a Reason

spider purple webYou’ll find plenty to keep you up at night in Ink Wolf’s latest addition to Guardians in the Window: spiders and wasps; explosions and flammable dust. Thanks for sharing, Ink Wolf. I can’t wait to read what happens next.

More than One Narrator

groupIf you’d like to read a fun example of a young writer using more than one narrator to tell a story, go to Elsy’s K.M.A. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, it’s exciting. And she’s done an excellent job of changing voice and perspective when she switches narrators. You’ll learn a lot from this one!

More Great Writing, More Great Stories

penguin-with-booksAre you looking for some fantasy? Magic? Mystery? Great characters and exciting situations? I hope so because you’ve just found it, all right here and all thanks to Elsy, who’s apparently just as busy writing as Neve. Impressive and inspiring. I’m so glad you’ve all found the site and continue to share your writing and imaginations here.

So let’s get to it. Here’s some brief descriptions and the links to Elsy’s latest submissions:

In Chapter 7 of St. Charles Academy, the girls get their dorm assignments. Click the link to find out why Savannah is not happy about hers.

Read Chapter 9 of Marked Five and meet the new character who might change everything.

Then check out Elsy’s newest story, K.M.A., to see how she sets up an interesting, surprising situation in just a few words of dialogue and a great ending line that’s guaranteed to make you want more.

Building Characters, Setting Moods & Adding to Group Projects

kid at computer cuteThis clip art is what I imagine Neve looks like when she’s writing – I have no idea what she really looks like but I’m betting she attacks her computer like this. She’s been busy!

If you love/need/have to write, chances are you have characters talking in your head all the time. I think most writers do. Today, Neve has shared several characters that fill her mind and you’ll be glad she did. Because they’re hilarious. For a good time and a good laugh, check out The Secret Life of Ninjaz. And please, do Neve and me a favor by leaving a comment. I love the way she’s telling this story and I’d love to know what you think. I’m sure Neve would love to know, too. She’d also like you to answer a poll on which character you like best. Follow the link and you’ll find the poll.

If you’re in the mood for something scary, check out The Hellcreature, also submitted by Neve. It amazes me that Neve submitted such completely different stories with completely different tones on the same day. The Ninjaz will make you laugh; the Hellcreature will make you shiver. That’s the power of words, y’all!

And if that isn’t enough, Neve also added to the Humor Group Project by answering what IT is.

Thanks, Neve, for giving us so many great things to read today!

Marked Five, Now What? and an Idea for the Writing Contest

Elsy cranks up the trouble and mystery in two of her ongoing stories.

In Chapter 8 of Marked Five, we learn why being one of the chosen isn’t necessarily a good thing.

In the next installment of Now What? the ghost who’s been stuck haunting Kia’s room has found an unexpected way out.

suggestion_box2For the writing contest, Elsy suggested adding a requirement for the entries. For example, all entries could have the same theme or start with the same sentence or include the same character. I think this is a great idea. Let me know what you think.

Action, Adventure, Great Characters

kid writing & computerLots of great writing to share today!

First up, Elsy shares Chapter 4 of Marcia. This story is an excellent example of using Voice. Voice comes from the words and tone and style you choose for your story. It also includes the details, descriptions, actions, and emotions you choose to share. Make these choices based on how your narrator tells the story and your readers get to know your narrator. In Marcia, Elsy does a great job of letting her narrator’s attitude come shining through. This is the opening sentence of Chapter 4: “It was… breathtaking? Awesome? Enchanting? I could go on for hours, but I won’t because there is slightly more to say here.” Actually, there’s a lot more to say here and you should go read it.

Next up, Ink Wolf wrote Chapter 2 of Misty Island. I love Ink Wolf’s wild imagination and I know you will, too. Ink Wolf comes up with the most incredible characters in this story and shares just the right amount of imaginative details to make them unique, interesting, and fun. Ink Wolf is also very good at showing characters’ personalities through the way they talk.

And last but not least, Ink Wolf shares Hunter’s Adventure. This is a complete short story with action and adventure, told through the eyes of a kitten.

Enjoy!

Welcome New Writer & More Annavava

welcome_green_1Please help me welcome our newest writer, Bunnie, by reading and commenting on her story, The Wind. I’m so glad you found us, Bunnie. I love your story and can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Mikaela posted Chapter Three of Annavava. Follow the link for lots of magical surprises.

Ghostly

ghostRead the latest submission of Elsy’s Now What? to find out who else lives in Kia’s new house. Go on. You’re going to love it!

First a Story, Now a Play!

bookMikaela has adapted her story, The Twilight Hero, into a play. I’m excited that she’s sharing both versions on All Write with Me because this is a great opportunity to see the differences in formatting.

Read the story version here and the play version herestage

Writing plays can be challenging because you have to let your audience know everything they need to know through your characters’ dialogue and actions. I think Mikaela has done a fantastic job. Let her know what you think by leaving her a comment.

Looking for Something Good to Read?

fireIn Chapter Two of Trilogy, Elsy reveals some startling facts about her characters.

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