What’s wrong with this sentence? – Part 3

To wrap up the grammar series, I’m going to focus on constructing beautiful sentences. To do this, you need three things: a good concept of sentence structure, a mental picture of the image you are trying to communicate, and a willingness to follow a few rules in the painting of that picture. As language becomes […]

Breaking the Grammar Code

What’s wrong with this sentence?  – Part 1 I know this is probably going to sound weird, but I love grammar. It’s a lot like a riddle in which codes are employed to determine the best way to proceed. Generally, I’m not a huge fan of rules but, because grammar rules allow us to communicate […]

The Mythology of Writing

Your beliefs about writing may actually be sabotaging the process. Here are some myths about writing and some different ways of thinking about them. Myth: Characters will take on their own personalities and will, at some point, move the narration along as if they were the ones speaking. Reality: Don’t count on it. It might […]

A Lesson for Being Sure You’re Right When You Say, “I can’t be a writer.”

If you want to keep believing that writers are born and not made, be sure to follow the instructions below.   Lots of people have the idea that writing ability (or maybe any ability) is something you’re born with. But the truth is that the difference between people who write well and people who don’t is […]

Get ready for the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)!

Three Rivers Public Library TEEN ADVISORY BOARD  WHO ARE WE? The Teen Advisory Board is a group of teens, ages 12-17, from the city of Three Rivers and surrounding communities served by the TRPL who are interested in having a say in what the library does for them. WHAT DO WE DO? The Teen Advisory […]

Homestyle

Ahoy! TRPL had its first Zine-Making Workshop last Thursday as part of an ongoing cut&paste creative collaborative with Three Rivers area youth. We’re working on our first issue, a zine focused on writing about our homes, hometowns and our real and imaginary constructions of place. In these first conversations with students, it would seem as though many think that […]