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Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

"Become both the window and the mirror for those who read your work." Elizabeth Acevedo

A Writing Tool

In a pandemic-gripped year, many are turning to books for both escape and information. According to a recent article in Publisher's Weekly, book sales are up 6.4 percent in the first nine months of this year. Unsurprisingly, with kids quarantined at home, juvenile nonfiction, juvenile fiction, and young adult fiction had some of the biggest increases. Also, two books related to social justice, White Fragility by Robin Diangelo and How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi have been among the top sellers of the year.

Productivity Tip

If you are trying to write a novel quickly (NaNoWriMo) you often need to find extra time when you normally wouldn’t consider writing. Try getting up an hour earlier in the morning (or, if you are a night owl, staying up later). Write at home when no one else is awake or wear noise-canceling headphones. For many of us, quiet time is precious.

There's a Story Here: Beaver Lake, Durango, Colorado, 2020

What story would you write about this photo?

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Next Step Book Coach - If you're ready to start your novel, are stuck in the middle, or have finished and need to know what to do next - we can help.


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