Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kids Writing Kids' Books

Tonight we brought in first drafts of our stories. We passed our pages to the person who happened to be sitting to our left.

That person took a pencil to our stories and did a "broad strokes" edit, using 12 points from John Dusfresne's The Lie that Tells a Truth.

We made squiggly lines and circled things and wrote copious notes for 2 1/2 hours. I can't begin to tell you how exciting it was. Callie--who happened to be sitting to my left--well, she pointed out things I never would have seen on my own. Thanks, Callie, for the thoughtful and surprising edit.