Writer’s Corner

February, 2017


When an author comes to visit at a school, kids often ask, “Where do you get your ideas?”

My best ideas come when I’m sitting quietly, doing something that’s not related to writing, such as sewing, taking a shower, or cooking. But the story that I’m writing is always alive in my mind. We writers call this “percolating.”


Maybe you’ve been given writing prompts at school. Writing prompts are a good way for writers to get into a story.


In my book Tangled in Magic, Malcolm learns how to throw sparks from his fingers. What magic power would you choose to have?


Here’s a writing prompt for you to try:


You (or a character) have a magic power. What is your magic power? What might you do with it? And what happens then?



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