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The Wonder of a Writer's Place--Wednesday Guest Feature

For the next few Wednesdays, I'm going to be doing a guest writer feature called The Wonder of the Writer's Place. Each week, a teen writer will introduce you to their favorite writing place and why they find this place important to them. I hope you learn and find encouragement in what each one of these writers have to say. Today, I'd like to welcome Victoria Tucker to my blog.
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Describe briefly your favorite place to write.
I enjoy to write at my oaken desk next to my window in my room surrounded by posters of characters from my favorite fandoms many signed by the actors. To my right, I have a group of books such as notebooks and writing how-to books. I also have a business card hanging up that an editor wrote the following on after I won this big award I totally didn't expect to win: "Congratulations. Consider the award confirmation from God. Go forth and WRITE!" When I'm really want to be in the writing zone, I light candles such as my Edgar Allen Poe …

Poem: Letters from Home

Everyday I wait For something to make my Work a little easier, "Miss you"s a little fewer, My away a little shorter. These little somethings are Letters from home. Crayon scribbled drawings From the little one, Short little sayings Of all they've done, A long cursive note From Mom: Letters from home. Soon, you realize They're more than paper. They're prizes and treasures, Memories and works of art, Worthy of rereading, Displaying, hoping for more, Letters from home. You display them in Your room by the door. You show them to Everyone--everyone. Because, no one has Your Letters from home. ~ Alyson 

The Wonder of a Writer's Place-- Wednesday Guest Feature

For the next few Wednesdays, I'm going to be doing a guest writer feature called The Wonder of the Writer's Place. Each week, a teen writer will introduce you to their favorite writing place and why they find this place important to them. I hope you learn and find encouragement in what each one of these writers have to say. Today, I'd like to welcome Cait Potter to my blog.
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Hi! I'm Cait Potter. I'm a writer and artist here to tell you about my writing space. 
Describe briefly your favorite place to write.
My favorite place to write would be anywhere I can focus, anywhere that I can feel at peace and inspired. In recent past, I’ve found the couch a good place and the library.  
Why do you find this place important to you?
A place that I can feel comfortable and inspired makes me want to write. I'm always changing the place because I get stagnant and bored and nothing ever gets done.  It's not necessarily the setting but the feeling the setting gives me.  I thi…

"What's my line?": 5 Ways to Make Your Dialogue Awesome

One of the things I love doing while working at camp is participating in skits. Some of the greatest skits are funny because the staff alter the lines. They used the script as a guide, but the actors tweaked the actual words to make the scene feel more real. Technically, if they had followed the original lines directly, the skit would have been the same, but the humor and comedic elements were much greater when they took charge of the dialogue.
     Sometimes, our dialogue needs to be reworked so different elements can stand stronger. Dialogue is often viewed as a small part of the whole story, but it shouldn't just guide the story. The words the character say should drive the plot, bring characters to life, and relentlessly capture the reader's attention. Here are a few ways you can make your dialogue awesome.1.    Remember that not everyone is an eloquent speaker.      Not every exchange between characters needs to be a long, dramatic monologue, rich with life changing q…

Adoption Day Has Come and Gone

After 1,754 days, my family's adoption is final. On June 12th, 2015, my family became officially united under the ruling of a real judge, in a real court room, in front of a real audience.     At this moment, I haven't reacted. I cannot deny the reality of what happened, but the massive joy in my heart struggles to emerge for fear of something going wrong again.  
     I'll be honest, I got used to getting excited over little things, popcorn, a day without a violent outburst, ice cream, a day without cursing. I had to get excited about little things because big things rarely happened. It's not that God couldn't do big things or that I didn't ask Him for them--in fact, for five years I begged God for big things.
     Adoption is a big deal.
     Maybe that's why it's hard to wrap my mind around what happened.



     We had to be at the courthouse by eight in the morning. Mom and I went shopping earlier that week for new clothes for the kids to…