Merri’s Corner


What Is The Clubhouse App?

What is Clubhouse? The easiest way to describe it is Clubhouse is an open door Zoom chat without the camera. This means not having to fuss with the over the top clothing and makeup. You only interact with your voice.

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NaNoWriMo Day Thirteen

In this Nano pep talk, I pass along some advice from one of my students. Get some snacks; Park yourself in the chair; And get

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NaNoWriMo Day Twelve

In this Nano pep talk, I discuss how your stories make other people’s world a little brighter. Even when you kill a character😮😂

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NaNoWriMo Day Ten

In this pep talk, I remind my indie author friend that one way to stay motivated is to remember why are you writing story?

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Finding the Buried Hooks in Our Writing

In one post writing conversations, a fabulous teachable moment burst to the front of the lesson. In the least likely moment, my class discussed—hooks. It was by accident. You could say we were hooked. Haha get it… Anyway, it started with a simple request. “Share three of your favorite sentences.”

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NaNoWriMo Day Five

My kindergarten library class reminded me that having more than one shiny object keeps the reader’s attention.

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Outlining a Novel with the Plot Pyramid

In seventh grade, students learn the plot pyramid structure. Because academic English education relies on a keen familiarity with the plot pyramid, I teach my emerging authors to use the plot pyramid as a tool for outlining their novels.

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How to Use Descriptive Details to Bring Your Story to Life

Well written descriptive details bring a story to life. As authors, we love hearing a reader say, “When I read your story, I saw a movie in my head.” With that being said, too much detail has the reverse effect. It bogs a story. So how do you know which details to add? This is an exercise to help answer the question

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