This month, I will celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Here are a few ways to include gratitude in your writing in November and throughout the year.
1) At every Thanksgiving holiday dinner, I pass around stones and markers to each guest. Each person writes a word or phrase detailing what they are grateful for. This year, I will think about my words, and perhaps try to incorporate some of my feelings of thanks into my manuscripts.
2) I am definitely thankful for my writing partners. They help guide me, critique my work, share in the ups and downs of the writing life, and generally provide support throughout this journey. This month, I will think about all my writing friends and hopefully become inspired to write a new story highlighting themes of friendship.
3) I am always thankful for my family. This year, I will write notes of thanks to my family, reminiscing about special times we have shared over the past twelve months. I hope that these memories of vacations, adventures in nature and in cities, and just everyday moments will help spark some stories centering on family.
What are you grateful for this year? How can you incorporate some of the ideas above into your writing practice this month? Let me know in the comments.
Melissa Stoller is the author of the chapter book series The Enchanted Snow Globe Collection - Return to Coney Island and the picture books Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush; Ready, Set, GOrilla!; Sadie’s Shabbat Stories; and Planting Friendship: Peace, Salaam, Shalom (co-author). Building Bridges: Peace, Salaam, Shalom (co-authored with Callie Lovvorn and Shirin Rahman, Illustrated by Kate Talbot), released from Clear Fork Publishing on November 1, 2022. Melissa is a Blogger and Course Assistant for the Children’s Book Academy, a Rate Your Story judge, a Regional Ambassador for The Chapter Book Challenge, a volunteer with SCBWI/MetroNY, and a founding member of The Book Meshuggenahs. She also interviews authors on her blog, This Writing Life, and offers book tips and resources. In other chapters of her life, Melissa has worked as a lawyer, legal writing instructor, freelance writer and editor, and early childhood educator. She lives in New York City with her family, and enjoys theatre, museums, and Wordle!
11/18/2022 04:36:16 am
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We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with awesome multi-published former student Shirin Shamsi who will be focusing on Muslim and cultural kidlit.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature STEM, STEAM & SEL obsessed author Kourtney LaFavre sharing delightfully dorky, quirky, and fun info.
And 5th Mondays we'll be taking a break