THE WRITE LANE BLOG

July 31, 2019

How to Grow Your Writing Skills: Advice from 5 (of 25) Experts

What are the biggest problems young people have with writing today? How do you think young people can improve their writing? Do you think kids communicate […]
July 22, 2019

Imagine…the Many Sides of Each of Us

Yesterday I read a provocative comment on the Facebook page of my friend and former literary agent, Elizabeth Frost-Knappman. “Tonight Ben Carson (Housing & Urban Development […]
July 6, 2019

Enjoy Memorable Quotes, Sayings, Adages

“Having children is like living in a frat house–nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.”–Ray Romano “Man hears what he wants to […]
July 6, 2019

End Child/Parent Standoffs

A friend of mine came up with a way to show his daughter how “bad” she looked when she misbehaved. “I did a video of her […]
July 6, 2019

Could You Answer These on “Jeopardy”?

What kind of figurative language is “quick like a rabbit”? Simile Metaphor Personification The goal of writing a rhetorical analysis (grade 9 or 10) is: You […]
July 6, 2019

Vocabulary Takeaway for SAT/ACT Prep

If you’re helping prepare your teen for SAT/ACT tests, ask him/her to explain these phrases—ones that may appear on a college admissions exam. Born again Bare […]
June 30, 2019

Develop a Brand-New Fantastic Attitude on Essay Writing

Before we get this party started, though, you ask: If writing is so much fun, why do I have to learn stupid comma rules and sentence […]
June 30, 2019

Writing Tricks to Make Your Kid ‘Best in Class’

Believe it. You, the child, and I, the Writing Whisperer, are going to take the “pain” and “stress” out of writing and insert the excitement and […]
June 30, 2019

Does the Smartphone Promote Better Brainstorming?

Is brainstorming becoming a lost art for today’s teens? Over the past nine months I often wondered about this while I was student teaching 11th-graders in […]
June 26, 2019

Don’t Miss These Inspired and Inspiring Websites!

Here are some very special websites/blogs to check out ASAP: http://themombeat.com/ All kinds of exciting items on jillions of topics. My fave: 25 Parenting Quotes From […]
June 21, 2019

How to Win Over Your Writing-Averse Child

You have it made. A great house, plenty of money, and a drop-dead awesome family. Still, you dread entering the front door. Who knows what kind […]
June 21, 2019

Ideas Guaranteed to End Your Child’s Writing Angst

You’re affluent. Successful. Desperate. Yes, you have your life cosmically aligned, but still, you fear walking in the door of your home at night. Pencils are […]
June 21, 2019

8 Ways to Change Your Child’s Blank Pages from Creepers to Chances

Our summer newsletter will be all about the kids. Meanwhile, here are your jobs during your child’s journey to become a writer: Stop yourself when you […]