Ask The Author

Welcome, creative writing students!

This is a page just for you.  Down at the bottom of the page there is a spot that says “Leave a reply” and if you click there, you can leave a message for me.  The first time, you’ll need to enter your name and email; after that, Wordpress will remember you.

You can ask me anything about your story.

Ask me about your plot.  Tell me that you started strong and now you’re lost.  Or that you think you know what you want to say but you don’t know where to start.

Let’s talk about characters.  You’re still not sure about this whole thing:  how exactly does a person suddenly appear out of a bunch of words.  Or how do I make my character change through the story?  And how do I get my reader to believe it?

Or maybe it’s all too much to try at once.  Maybe you need to scale back.  Tackle an action plot or an emotion plot but not both.

The viewpoint thing can be confusing too.  Have you chosen the right one for your story?  Are you jumping viewpoints?  Do you maybe need to change?  Maybe the person you thought was your main character isn’t actually the main character and it’s turning out that someone else is.  That’s ok – that can happen.  Let’s talk about it.

Talk to me.  I’m here to help, even when I’m not at school.

If you liked that piece I read from Neil Gaiman, here’s a link to his website where you can read the whole post.

4 Responses to Ask The Author

  1. If any of you are 8th graders who went to see “The Taming of the Shrew” and are a little (or a lot) confused by what happened there, you can leave me a question here. One of my books is based on that play so I love it and I know it really well. I’ll be happy to talk to you about it, or any other Shakespeare play (like “Romeo and Juliet” which you’ll be reading next year in 9th grade).

  2. Come on, guys. I know you have questions. Let’s have ’em!

    (Don’t forget to check the box below to get notified of comments via email…)

  3. JSYK, a friend of mine introduced me to a site called which is a really cool way to do your plot boxes. Check it out the next time you have to plan a creative writing project!

  4. vanessa says:

    Hi MaryAnne- This is Vanessa (Mia’s mom- Ben and she were friends at CHOICE) I teach at New Vista High School and was wondering if you’d be interested in coming in and working with my students. I lost your card so hope we can get in touch this way

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