I changed one thing in chapter two so that there was more of a conflict between Erin and her brother, Chris, and voila! The story started moving like crazy. And in chapter 4 I jumped ahead to the first day of eighth grade and introduced my new character, who surprised me by being very different than I’d planned. I love when that happens. So today I wrote TWO chapters and could have written more if I
hadn’t needed to stop to go teach a short story writing class to some gifted and talented kids at a local elementary school.

Speaking of that, these kids rock, I tell you. They are intelligent, insightful, and wonderful all around. I had a lot of fun with them today and can’t wait to see their stories.

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