Last week I did a presentation for a Young Writers’ Camp on Inspiration. We talked a lot about what inspires them – what breathes life into them – and we talked a lot about what helps us to write.
My top writing tip – no surprise – is in the words of author, Gary Paulsen,
READ LIKE A WOLF EATS.
What a great description – we discussed how wolves devour food because their very lives depend upon it and so too with books, we need to read them as if our very lives depended upon it.
Because, in a way, our lives do depend on stories/books.
Literature is indeed linked to life like letters in a word, like words in a story.  Literature connects us to one another, to our ancestors, our descendants, and to the world around us.
What a wonderful way to start the summer for these kids with a Writers’ Camp, where they discover that good writing is not just about getting better grades, or going to good colleges, but it is also about living better and happier lives:
GOOD STORIES = GOOD LIVES
TEACHER ELIZABETH MALONEY AND HER YOUNG WRITERS!