Wednesday, April 23, 2014

If you find yourself writing character names, bits of dialogue, or a new story idea on a napkin, gum wrapper, or post-it, you might be a writer!

—Rob Sanders

Monday, April 21, 2014

One of my fourth grade students summarized why it’s important to stay in your seat and write ("butt-in-seat" an adult might say). Enjoy!

Mr. Sanders made up a rule in which you cannot get out of your seat during writing. If you have to go to the bathroom during writing, you’ll have to wait. Mr. Sanders says once you get out of your seat your brain is trying to make an excuse for not writing. People who don’t like to write mostly do that. When you’re in your seat you focus a lot because when you’re in your seat all there is you and the paper.

—Andy G.
P.S. If it’s an emergency, I’ll let you (and Andy) go to the restroom!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Writing is a balance . . .
. . . a balance between learning and doing.
. . . a balance between imagining and creating.
. . . a balance between dreaming and living the dream.

—Rob Sanders

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You are invited . . .

You are invited . . . 

SCBWI Florida Tampa Bay Area Writers
invite you to join our
May on-line book study of
Third Edition
by Christopher Vogler 

Throughout the month of May, I will be posting summaries of sections of Vogler’s book. Each post will be contributed by a different Tampa Bay area writer. We encourage you to buy or check-out a copy of the book, follow along throughout the month, and post your own comments, thoughts, and reflections.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Write one word at a time . . .one sentence at a time . . . one paragraph at a time.

—Rob Sanders

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

And if you don’t succeed . . .
. . . stomp your feet.
. . . cuss a bit.
. . . throw a tantrum.
. . . knock your head against the wall.
. . . try, try again.

—Rob Sanders

Monday, March 31, 2014

What has got ahold of you, what’s stuck in your craw? What can you not stop thinking about, dreaming about, or wondering about? If you don’t write about that thing, who will?
—Rob Sanders


Friday, March 28, 2014

In order to color outside the lines, you have to know where the lines are.
—Rob Sanders


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

If you knew then, what you know now, you probably wouldn’t have known enough to do anything about it.
—Rob Sanders


Monday, March 24, 2014

The best idea seems to come when I am not thinking about finding the best idea.

—Rob Sanders

Friday, March 21, 2014

Everyone deserves a cheerleader.
Everyone needs a mentor.
But the lucky writer has someone who will say, “Get over yourself and get back to work.”                                                 —Rob Sanders