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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.

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!

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.

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.

Read the Story, Feel the Experience

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 bouncy headsPlease help me welcome our newest writer to the site, WolfyAwesome. WolfyAwesome is a talented writer with a flair for descriptive language. But don’t just take my word for it. Go read WolfyAwesome’s addition to the Adventure #2 Group Project and see for yourself.

Inkwolf also shows her flair for descriptive language in her newest ongoing story, The Long Road. With mighty animals facing unknown dangers, it’s a powerful beginning to what promises to be another exciting story from Inkwolf.

How to Start a Story

great jobBeginnings can be tricky because you have to decide what information to share and what to hold back. You want to tell your readers enough so they’ll understand the type of story you’re going to tell but you also want to hold back some secrets to keep them reading. If you’d like to see a well-written example of what to include in the beginning of your story, read Mikaela’s prologue for God is Now Here. She includes everything a good beginning should include and she does it in less than a page. Well done, Mikaela!

Mikaela also added to the group Mystery story and it’s getting really, really good. You should go read that too. Then add to it because I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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.

It’s Fun; It’s Funny

ninjaNeve’s Ninjaz are back! With help from her brother Finley, Neve’s made sure these ninjaz will make you grin and make you giggle. Follow the link, The Secret Life of Ninjaz to follow their latest adventures.

New Story

hookLooking for an example of how to hook your reader right from the very beginning? Read the prologue of Elsy’s newest story, Connie. It’s intriguing. Mysterious. Yet somehow relatable. Great job, Elsy.

Looking for Plot Twist Suggestions

twisted pencilInk Wolf shared Chapter 3 of Guardians in the Window. Now she’s looking for a twist for Chapter 4. I’m sure she’d appreciate your suggestions, so follow this link and look for her comment about plot twists. Scroll to the end of the comments to find it.

When imaginations come together. . . cool things happen

surprising elementsMikaela’s been busy! She’s added to several group projects, including:

two stanzas to the group poem Unicorn

three trials to the Fantasy group project

and… and…

well, she also added quite a fantasy element to the Historical Fiction #2 group project. A bit unexpected. But it also struck me as extremely funny because.. well, because it was so unexpected! You should check it out. Maybe you could add more elements from other genres to this story? I think it’d be fun to mesh all the genres together. Fun to write. Fun to read. Of course, as always, it’s all up to you guys. (But I think you should do it. Really. Please?)

I Love to Write Day – Come Celebrate with the Ninjaz!

celebrate I Love to Write DayThe 12th Annual I Love to Write Day is still a few days away (November 15) but I can’t think of a better way of celebrating than sharing Neve’s latest addition of The Secret Life of Ninjaz. Neve is obviously having a great time writing this story and I know you’ll have a great time reading it.

There’s a lot of bickering and fighting and hilarious dialogue and imaginative scene changes in this installment. Not only will you find plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, but also scads of hot dogs, a crazy amount of ponies and… are you ready?… plenty of slightly altered Star Wars characters.

Neve’s brain has to be frizzed and her fingers have to be frazzed. Even Neve says “this took ages” to prepare but this time, at least, she had help from her brother, Finley. So. Welcome to the site, Finley, and thanks for helping your sister make us laugh out loud and celebrate I Love to Write Day in one of the absolutely best ways.

 

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.

Awesome New Story

spiderRead Guardians in the Window, submitted by Ink Wolf, and I guarantee you that you will never, ever look at spiders the same way again.

The Ninjaz in Neve’s Mind

ninjaNeve’s Ninjaz are at it again in Chapter 4 of The Secret Life of Ninjaz, where “evil is brewing.” But don’t worry – there’s still plenty of craziness and zaniness among the Ninjaz.

The Trilogy Begins

mystery storyElsy shared Chapter 1 of her Trilogy. I’m sure you’ll love the characters in this story and there’s plenty of unanswered questions to keep you reading more. My favorite part is the way she ended the chapter with a few words of dialogue that sum up what happened while also deepening the mystery and creating concern for her main character.

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