Category Archives: Writing Inspiration

An Exciting Update from Story Shares 2017 Best-Selling Author

Hailey Hudson is the 19-year-old author of Story Shares 2017 Best-Selling book: Hope Is The Thing With Feathers. She's also a freelance writer who spends her days exploring what it means to be a "hardworking creative," and how she can inspire others to be the same. It is with that goal in mind that today…
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Lock the Doors, by Lavanya Shenoy

We at Story Shares are always inspired by students who use their time and energy to share their stories with others. It's important that a wide range of voices be heard in the literacy field, and students writing for other students adds a valuable layer of authenticity to that goal. Today, we'd like to highlight…
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Writing Groups: An Inside Look

By Joe Novara   Critique groups are important for regular feedback, for providing an audience as you move along a plot line, for hearing the cadence of your writing when another reads your copy aloud. More simply, a writing group is an excuse to produce copy whether you feel like it or not.  The demand…
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Reading to Write

by Joe Novara   When I did technical writing for a living, I would make a point of surfing the printed copy a company put out about itself. I was looking for definitions, key words, pacing, tone, and corporate culture. It never hurt to have clients recognize themselves and feel at home in a brochure,…
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Pulling Back the Curtain: Beta Readers And Critique Groups

  How To Approach Them, Where To Find Them, And When To Accept Criticism/Advice By: Terri Whitmire, CEO & Founder of The WritersTablet.org   So you’ve received that glowing testimony from family and friends, but somewhere in the back of your mind you doubt their platitudes. After all, they may feel obligated to say nice things.…
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Beautiful Books – A Reading Diversely Project

By: Wendy M. McDonald   In recent years, there’s been a strong push throughout the KidLit community to bring diverse books to readers. Perhaps you’ve heard of the grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books. Their goal is to put books with diverse characters into readers’ hands—books that aren’t always about diversity—though sometimes they are—but that embrace it…
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The Disney Effect and What It Means for Our Literature

by Gina Simoncelli   Ursula had just made her big-screen appearance when Lucy buried her face in a pillow. The four year old peered out, eyes wide with fear, and jumped when Ursula’s henchmen swam onto the screen. She was scared stiff, and buried herself firmly beneath a layer of protective covers. I was momentarily…
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Thoughts on Writing

by Joe Novara   All of us have selective perceptive. If a woman walks into a room of four people, one might remark her clothes; another, her shoes; another, eyes; another, total manner and poise. The same is true of the world at large. Each of us notices specific things—music, dogs, cars—and finds ourselves making…
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Overcoming Writer’s Block

By: Gina Simoncelli   Writer’s Block. This dreaded ailment strikes when you least expect it and hits you like a bad cold; it’s frustrating, makes it impossible for you to work, and it can leave you with one whammy of a headache. Writer’s block can be all too familiar to writers, whether they’re putting pen…
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