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Dynamic Writing 1 - by Tyrean Martinson - Dynamic Writing Lessons for Middle School Students

Need Help Getting Middle School Students Excited About Writing?

How hard is it to get your middle school child/student fired up and excited about a writing assignment? I feel certain that teachers often struggle to come up with new, fresh, innovative ways to capture and keep the attention of their tween and teen students.

I have the answer you've been searching for.

 Well, I don't have it ...  I didn't create it or write it, but I did read an excellent book that will change the way teachers and home school parents approach writing with middle school students.

Tyrean Martinson, author of Dynamic Writing (Everyday Writing Volume 1) has authored the perfect book for teachers and parents. This is one book you will want to add to your current curriculum. Martinson offers enough lessons, games, and challenges for middle school writing that her book could replace your current resources for engaging middle school students in dynamic and creative writing.

Dynamic Writing 1 is a full curriculum of writing for one year.

This is what the author, Tyrean Martinson has to say about Dynamic Writing 1:

"Dynamic Writing 1 is available in complete form in paperback through Amazon. Containing 161 Lessons for Middle Grade Students, this curriculum is meant for a complete year of home-school, home-school co-op, or classroom use. Eighteen of the lessons are "double" lessons and may be split over two days worth of time to extend the school year to 179 days with a planned celebration day at the end. Teaching notes, grade sheets, a resource list, and extra writing prompts are included in the text, as well as an answer key at the back of the book for the writing exercises. Within a year, students will study journal writing and essay writing, with short forays into fiction and poetry. Specific instruction in sentence variations, similes, and other writing concepts is spread over the course of the book and reviewed throughout the year so that students can wrestle with these concepts over the full course. "

Now Let me share with you what I have to say about Dynamic Writing 1:

I normally review fiction and occasionally I review non fiction, usually writing craft books for the novelist. When I review a book I like to begin with what I liked about the book and follow that with what I didn't care for.

What I Liked about Dynamic Writing 1: A lot:

What I Didn't Care For: Can't think of one thing I disliked about this book

I like how functional this book is. It has unlimited potential, and can be used by anyone. A teacher can add the book to her school's current curriculum. A parent can use the book for home school lessons. A parent, like me, whose child attends a public or private school, can use this book to help the child gain a better understanding of writing or to encourage creativity.

I absolutely love the journal entry idea and that spelling and grammar are not graded during this brainstorming activity. This encourages the kids to turn off their inner editor and write without all the inhibitions that so often paralyze young writers. This free writing is what will lead our kids to their most creative and imaginative work.

The author gives many easy to follow examples of every type of writing. She provides lists and examples. In addition, Martinson provides examples of how the student's work should be graded.

Her book encourages parents and teachers to help students develop their own unique writing voice and she also demonstrates how to teach more structured writing.

Her journal prompts are amazing. They give the student the perfect push to spread their creative wings.

One of my favorite things about the book is that the author provides a plethora of lists. A list will prevent students from staring down at a blank piece of paper while their mind goes blank on them.

I keep going back to the author's use of lists. She offers a list for everything. List of books. List of books I've read. List of books to be read ... my TBR list. A list of all the books I've read during my lifetime ... last year. A list of books I didn't like. A list of books that had an impact on me. Martinson's variety of lists will enable even the most reluctant writer to feel they have something to share.

I've been praising the author for her fresh and unusual approach to writing for middle school students, but she also teaches basic writing, such as format and useful topics like subject - verb - predicate and sentence variation.

I love that the author teaches students to use concrete words rather than vague words.

The author really makes use of the journal and drawing and other unconventional techniques to pull the vibrant writing out of the students. She uses an abundance of exercises, games, and challenges that require the student to experience sensory perception in a hands on way.

Another of my favorite learning adventures from Dynamic Writing 1, was the author's use of columns and charts to emphasize each of the senses. I used this right away with my son, an 8th grade student. He now understands sensory perception and how to write with all of the senses, not just sight or sound. He has a new appreciation for envisioning and feeling sensations prior to writing his first word. He raves to his friends about this lesson.

I like that the author recognizes the popular use of sentence fragments, but does not use them for this course.

I truly adored the loss of sense journal prompt because my daughter is hearing impaired.

You will reach even the most hesitant, wary or disinclined writer with the use of Dynamic Writing 1. 

The author's approach to teaching and learning is above reproach. She offers games, campfire journal stories, timed journals, easy use of time transitions and she makes learning fun and challenging. She does so in a way that ensures the student will remember each assignment and lesson forever, rather than just memorizing rules for the sole purpose of completing an assignment. Martinson's book teaches all of the writing fundamentals and offers oodles of resources outside the book.

I highly recommend this book for any parent or teacher who strives to reach middle school students. This book will teach the joy of writing, creativity and individuality while never failing to expound upon the integral components of writing.

Does your middle school aged child or student need extra encouragement for writing? Do you want to inject passion into a student's writing? Then you can't go wrong with Dynamic Writing 1 by Tyrean Martinson. Buy it now at Amazon.

Book Release: The Amaranthine by Murees Dupé & Other Announcements

The Amaranthine is now Available:

Is that an alluring cover or what?

It is such an honor for me to announce the release of Murees Dupé's debut novel:

Title: The Amaranthine (Thelum Series)
Author: Murees Dupé
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 8 September 2015

Claire is sassy, human, and an outcast of societywho only wants to know where she belongs. 

Alex is arrogant, selfish, and an immortal warriorwho thinks he’s prepared for everything. 

Claire knows the world of immortals is where she belongs. As her guide and guardian, Alex finds it hard to resist Claire’s subtle charm. Can the two overcome their differences and embrace their passion for each other, or will the possibility of true love be lost to both forever?

Find your copy here:
E-book: Kindle * Nook * Ibooks * Kobo 
Paperback: Amazon

About the Author
Murees Dupé was born and still lives in South Africa. When she is not thinking up new stories, she is spending time with her family, playing with her three dogs and cat, watching TV, or overindulging on desserts. To learn more about Murees, visit her website

I would like to add something here. Murees is one of the very first bloggers I connected with when I started blogging. She has been a loyal friend. Murees is a dedicated author/blogger and she always has time to help new or fellow bloggers and authors. While I'm always excited when a fellow author announces the release of their debut novel, with Murees I feel like the blogging world and all authors should join in the happy dance with her.

I hope you will share this blog post announcing the release of The Amaranthine with all of your friends, not just your writer friends. Way to go Murees! We're all so very proud of you and wish you a long and successful career as an amazing author. You deserve it.

Other Announcements:

Do you have a completed, polished, unpublished manuscript that is query ready? If so, don't dare miss out on Brenda Drake's #PitMad - a Twitter Pitch Party It takes place on Twitter, tomorrow, September 10, 2015. Don't worry ... if your novel isn't quite ready, you'll have another opportunity for #PitMad on December 4, 2015. 
For more tips on Twitter Pitching, check out Carissa Taylor's Twitter Pitch Party Roundup. Her article is chock full of advice, tips and links to just about everything you need to know before pitching your novel on Twitter.

Carissa shares How To's, Past Winning Pitches & a Pitch Contest Calendar. You'll want to bookmark this page.

Carissa Taylor even includes some fun links like her Pitch Factory - a Twitter Pitch Logline Generator

So, I gave it a try. I opted for the High Stakes Pitch and was directed to the YA Writer's Toolbox - High Stakes Pitch Generator. It works for all genres, not just Young Adult. I typed in my answers to the questions and the generator spit out about twenty pitches for me. With a little tweaking here and there, some of them were quite good.

I just tried it again and this is what the generator popped out for me. Feel free to critique my pitch in the comment section. 

This is the generated pitch, before I tweak it. Just curious what you think:

Ambitious prosecutor has 2 options: Expose illegal adoption attorney & risk losing son or leave innocent person on death row. #PitMad #A

Even with adding the hashtag for #PitMad and #A for Adult it leaves 5 spaces on Twitter. I need to work on it and I'm not sure I'm going to jump in tomorrow. I keep putting it off, but I feel like I will have a better chance in December and I want to make sure my first encounter with visiting agents is a good one and I leave a good impression. Nerves? Yes. How to figure out if it's just nerves and fear of putting myself out there or if I really need more time and work on my manuscript before I put it out there. What a question.

Another Fabulous Contest: 

Miss Snark's First Victim - On the Block takes place tomorrow as well. This is an auction type contest. On the Block will showcase 24 first pages. There is a $20 entry fee for this contest.

My Last Announcement: well, this isn't really my announcement, but a recommendation that you pop over to Cherie Reich's Blog for her List of September Book Releases ... it's a big un!

Please don't forget to stop by Murees Dupè's Site and check out her fantastic debut novel, The Amaranthine or better yet, pop over to Amazon and purchase your copy of Amaranthine by Murees Dupè now!

So have any of you entered Twitter Pitch Contests? Any luck? 

Have you read Murees Dupé's debut novel, The Amaranthine?

Have you checked out all the new releases for September?

Tweet: Book Release: The Amaranthine by Murees Dupé

Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG)

September's Insecure Writer's Support Group Post

It's been a long time since I've joined in on the IWSG post. The IWSG posts are published on the first Wednesday of every month. I wish I could say it's because I've been feeling so confident and on top of everything that I've learned to push all insecurity from my life. Yeah right! 

Show me someone who doesn't feel insecure about something major in their life and I bet they aren't being truthful. 

We are all insecure and that's okay.  It's healthy, actually. Now listen to me ...  the amateur pop psychologist. 

My Biggest Insecurity Relates to Time:

I feel like my non writer family and friends don't understand the lengthy process of writing a novel and having it published. 

"You're still writing a book? But, that's what you were doing all summer?" Or. "I thought you wrote that book last year. It isn't in the stores yet?" 

When will I feel secure enough to think of myself as a full time author and not someone who writes as a hobby?

Being a writer or anyone in a creative field, I believe adds another layer to our insecurities. We don't produce daily or weekly tangible results of our current work. It's hard for non writers to fully comprehend how much time and effort is involved in the process of writing a novel or whatever you happen to write. There is so much more to it than just jotting down words that turn into sentences. I always wanted to write a book, but until I seriously decided to make it happen, I didn't realize the extent of work involved. Sure we write, but that's just the tip of the beginning. 

Then comes rewriting, and revising and more rewriting and revising. Then, if you're lucky enough to figure out what you're doing, you can take all of your newly acquired knowledge and apply it to your work. If you're like me, not only was your first draft crap, but maybe you're entire first book was crap. Only after learning the craft and acquiring better skills can you apply them, but for some of us it takes a really long time to let all of that sink in. We've worked so hard on our first book, the one we think is going the be the next greatest novel, that we are reluctant to let part or all of it go ... and begin again. That part, for me, took years. When I finally accepted that if I wanted to become a published author, I had to be able to recognize my earlier work for what it was. It was the story inside of me that needed to come out, but not for the world. That's hard to accept.

I love that quote and it applies to writers as much as actors.

Once we accept it, we can truly begin to write a novel.

Then comes the really hard revisions and rewrites, followed by our critique partners' showing us all the areas that need improvement. That plot hole or a character's arc that needs further development. Once we finally get it to the next level, we have to find beta readers and then make more revisions. For many of us the next step is a developmental editor followed by a copy editor, then a line editor. Once we have a final and polished draft are we there yet? Hell no.

Now comes the even harder part. Sending your work out there in the form of a query or pitch and waiting for the rejection letters until finally we are matched with an agent. Is that the end? Hell no. Our fabulous agent might require boatloads of change and more revisions. The fabulous agent has to be able to find an editor for a publishing company willing to take a look. What I'm saying is that the road to publication is long and hard and along the way, we feel insecure.  And from I've read from many of your who are already multi-published authors, the insecurity doesn't end there. Reviews, sales, marketing, our next book. The list is endless.

In my lifetime, I've witnessed a plethora of insecurity. There are two very different kinds of insecure people and how we act on our insecurity, defines our character.

When it motivates and challenges us to work harder toward our goal, it is a strength.

It's when an insecure person allows her insecurity to rise to the level of jealousy or envy that it becomes a flaw. 

I'm honored to belong to this amazing group of people. We cheer each other on and we are genuinely happy for the success of others. I've never encountered a group of people more willing to give their time to help struggling writers. It makes me proud to be a part of this group.

So, what's eating at you this month? Feeling insecure? Please share.

You've come to the right place.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

Tweet: Feeling Insecure? Visit blogs from Insecure Writers Support Group #IWSG

Twitter Hashtag #IWSG

Check out the other post. Here is a list of the Insecure Writers Support Group Members.

It's hard to believe that it's been four years since Alex Cavanaugh formed the IWSG

Check out the IWSG Anniversary Announcement. It's big.

This month's co-host are

Murees Dupé - She has some amazing, big news of her own. Make sure you stop by her blog and learn more about the release of her debut novel.

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