Friday, October 2, 2009

October's ABC-Easy Autographed-S-Is-For-Story-Book-Giveaway

Lucky you!

An autographed copy of my newest book, S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet, can sit on your bookshelf, too - in your home, classroom, library or writing room, ready to ready writers young and young-at-heart.

All you need do is (1) read and consider the twenty-six A-to-Z words I selected to best represent a writer’s life and process (listed below), then (2) submit via the comment form at the end of this post, using twenty-five words or less, the lettered entry you would have included and let us know why.

Be sure to provide your name and email address – and - submit your entry before midnight Monday, October 12 (CST). And if you haven't entered one of our giveaways before, be sure to read our general giveaway guidelines

My selection process was ripe with challenge.
I considered what my readers (ages 6 through 12) likely knew about writing.
I asked, “What might they want to know?”
I weighed, “What do they need to know?”
I pondered my story’s narrative arc and how my words could both inform and inspire.
Finally, I brought my book’s idea to Ms. Jenny Vincent’s talented ’08 fifth graders at Chicago’s Louisa May Alcott Public School, inviting them to help me brainstorm further.
Their brilliant insights earned them my gratitude as well as S is for Story’s author’s dedication.

My Writer’s Alphabet offers up the following A-to-Z words:

Alphabet, Book, Character, Draft, Edit, Fairy Tales, Genre, Heroes and Heroines, Ideas, Journals, (Four) Kinds of Writing, Letters, Notebook, Observe, Plot, Question Words, Revision, Story, Tall Tales, Unstoppable, Voice, Word Choice, eXpression and Your Story.

My M word? The Alcott School Young Writers gifted me with the (perfect!) entry that sits smack dab in the middle of my writer’s alphabet.

As for my Z word, check back Monday, October 5 when I begin the first of five posts to answer my fellow TeachingAuthors’ questions. Each post will also offer a Writer's Workout.

Zachary Pullen’s singular, compelling S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet’s illustrations reflect his respect for young writers and writing. Visit Zak’s website to learn more about his work and other books.
My website offers Young Writers Extras – opportunities to write, read, and discover, at home, in school, or at the library.
Visit my website’s newest page, Tour, to learn the What, When, and Where of my out-and-about book events, signings, school visits, conference engagements, writer presentations, teacher workshops, and upcoming October-through November Blog Tour.
A Teacher's Guide is available at Sleeping Bear Press’ website.

So, what lettered word would you have included were you creating a Writer’s alphabet, and why?
Perhaps A is for Author.
B is for Biography.
M is for Mechanics.
Or P is for Punctuation.
Maybe S is for Sentences.
W is for Writing.
X is for Rejection.
Or Z is for Zeal.

Remember: once you decide, it’s ABC-easy.
And, be sure to submit your entry (including name and email address) before Midnight, October 12, 2009 (CST). The winner will be announced Wednesday, October 14, 2009.

An autographed copy of S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet could soon be yours!


(Note: book images used with permission)


Kim Winters said...

P is for Plot is absolutely the best choice you could have made for P. However, in another universe, I might also have considered P is Persistence. Why? Given how easily life, homework,(and editorial rejections) can separate us from our characters, every writer needs it.

Kim Winters

Kathleen said...

My lettered word is "C is for cleverness" because being a writer entails having clever ideas.

Honey Mommy said...

V could also be for villain, because every good story has a hero and a villain!

Linda Dryfhout said...

I could also be for inspiration. Inspiration is where great ideas come from.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

T for Thick-skinned, because you've got to be able to handle all the editing, critiques, rejections and attacks that come your way!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Michelle Sussman said...

F is for Freedom because writing liberates your mind, heart and imagination.

Darcy Pattison said...

S is for Stubborn, the one character quality that will truly carry you through the writing process.


pippirose said...

D is for Dream, where imagination flourishes, and stories are born.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Bridget said...

No need to enter me; just posted about this on Win A Book.

btw, I'd say E is for Enthusiasm as you need a lot of that to write about your subject.

Stacy Post said...

I'd like to add T for tenacity, because the journey to publication can be long. It can also be applied to the skill of holding together lots of random ideas into a cohesive story.

Stacy Post

stacysue2u at yahoo dot com

Cecelia said...

E is for Ending - you need a fantastic one! This was fun...and your book looks wonderful! I'd love to be entered.


Margo Dill said...

I want to say C is for coffee and chocolate because I just had some before I sat down to the computer tonight--oh, another c word. But let me try to be more clever--oh another c word. I'm stuck on c, so let's see, how about c is for conclusion? And hoping you write a good one for your story. But one more, c can also be for contract. Writers love contracts.

Margo Dill

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Clair said...

P is for perseverence...without it writers will not get published.

Pam said...

P is for pencil - how else to write notes in the notebooks? And great for editing hard copies!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Janet said...

I would say U is for Unique. Your story has to be unique. Write about something familiar in a unique way.

wvsmarties at yahoo dot com

Mandy Y. said...

P would be for Poetry. Because, as we know..Poetry Hides and I'm always looking for the poetry in every genre.

Mandy said...

Oops..My email:

(Mandy) P is for Poetry

KR said...

E is for Easrer - don't be afraid to make mistakes!


Alysa Stewart said...


T is for Time -- it takes time to write.

Bruce Frost said...
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Bruce Frost said...

S for simplicity. I wish I could say "enough said" . . . and leave it at that . . .

Gwendolyn B. said...

X is for Xerox - Make sure you save a copy of your work!

Thanks for a chance to win this book - I'm in love with it already!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

what a fun contest! Maybe "F" should be for "fun!" because that's what writing should be - and you show us all that it is!

Kristy Worden said...

I say, A is for Arc. Your story must get from it's compelling beginning through the challenges of the middle and finally arrive at a most satisfying conclusion.

Unknown said...

C is for Chair - I'm learning that a huge part of being a writer is applying my bottom to one every day!

Irene Latham said...

Thanks Carmela for the nudge! I'll give you my R, which I will be posting next week on my own blog series of Author ABCs: R is for Raw. Show us your heart -- the rawest feelings are the ones with the most power to affect readers. irene at irenelatham dot com

Deborah Bates Cavitt said...

B for Bedtime. The best stories read by me to my grandsons are at

Dana Carey said...

L is for Letting Go... letting go of your characters so they can guide you; of your writing so you can accept the criticism and make those revisions.

Richard Hanks said...

How about:
"E is is for Enthusiasm - Writers need some motivation, and readers need to be engaged"

I can only imagine the level of enthusiasm needed to sit down and write and not get distracted (by leaving blog comments, for example).

Lori Mazza said...

Z is for Zone Defense. A writer needs to establish and defend his/her writing zone against interrupts and non-writing related activities.

Mary Jo said...

R is for READING, because varied reading makes for interesting writing!

Winning Readings said...

You already have my "S" for story. How about "D" for dialogue? Or "R" for rhyme? Or "B" for blog!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this at Winning Readings:

Leanne Pankuch said...

D is for Dreaming! Writing is dreaming. :)

writerlady67 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

R is for Reading. Being a writer stems from a love of words, stories and storytelling and falling in love with books at a young age.


Anonymous said...

C is for Community: We may write alone, but we also find inspiration, support, and our audience in others.

banksh AT att DOT net

Nancye said...

Love is for Lovely, Lucky, Lady Bug flying through the air bringing love and luck to all in it's path.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Anonymous said...

F for Fulfilling. Nothing is more fulfilling than touching the hearts of others with the written word.

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Thanks to all who stopped by to share the Writer's Alphabet word entry - they - would have chosen, had they been writing S is for Story!
The C-letter suggestions especially struck home: coffee, chocolate, chair, community.
Where would we writers be without those 4 C's?!
Good luck in tomorrow's midnight-deadline drawing!