Power of the Pen - November Update

We meet every Thursday after school in the library

Schedule of upcoming meetings - Library 3:08-4:00

  • November 13th - writing day - 40 min responding to a prompt
  • November 20th - practice fun day
  • THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • December 4th - writing day - 40 min responding to a prompt
  • December 11th - writing day - 40 min responding to a prompt
  • December 18th - practice fun day
  • WINTER BREAK
  • January 8th - practice fun day
  • January 15th- writing day - 40 min responding to a prompt
  • January 22nd - practice fun day
  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 24TH - DISTRICTS - NEW ALBANY MS
  • MORE PRACTICE DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH - REGIONALS - GAHANNA MS SOUTH

Practice, practice, practice, practice :)

Writing Tips for November

  • The length of your story says nothing about the quality. It is better to have a well-written one page story than poorly-written five page story. Just make sure your story is long enough to demonstrate a clear understanding of the given prompt.
  • Somewhere in your story, try to write the prompt or exact phrases from the prompt.
  • Before you write, consider what tense (past, present, future) you plan to write in. The tense of your story can drastically effect its impression on a reader.
  • It is good to think outside the box, however, be careful not to start too far off the prompt. It is possible to be creative and stick to the prompt at the same time.
  • Make sure you aren't creating a "soap opera" story. It is common for teens to writers to always write about teenage situations…be sure to ask yourself these questions: Is this something that at one time or another happens to most people, particularly teens? Could I find a similar story online? Will this bore my reader? If you say yes to any of these questions, you may want to rethink your planning. Keep in mind your JUDGES are not teens.
  • Adjectives, adjectives, adjectives!
  • Good descriptions interest readers, provide good support, and best of all, make your writing seem more sophisticated.