Happy Characters We are all drawn to happy people in life and always hope for happiness for the characters in books that we have empathy with. But usually, those characters have to earn that happiness by going through many trials and tribulations, or else they might seem a bit bland. Amanda Patterson (https://www.writerswrite.co.za/amanda-patterson/) lists 7… Continue reading Happiness (3): In Writing Happy Characters And Scenes
What, then, makes children happy? In the long term, the basic ingredients that make children happy during childhood seem to be the same ones that help them to become happy adults: a secure relationship with parents gives the base to confidently explore the world and develop a sense of mastery and recognition, all important components… Continue reading Happiness (2): What Makes Children Happy?
Also see https://eileenmoynihan.wordpress.com/kids-and-teens-fan-club/ When I was a young girl many years ago there was a comedian called Ken Dodd who sang songs as well. He sang the song, 'Happiness', and it was so jolly it made me happy too. I can remember my mother singing it around the house. Here is the song and the… Continue reading Happiness
Photo by Lalin Swaris. John Kelly from Longford as St. Patrick Time To Celebrate Again For the first time since 2019, Ireland was able to celebrate the religious and public holiday with parades, dancing and music. The country was given an extra-long weekend from Thursday, March 17 to Sunday, March 20. St Patrick's Day was… Continue reading The St. Patrick’s Day Parade: A Highlight Of The Irish Cultural And Religious Celebration
“Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? Can the writer isolate and vivify all in experience that most deeply engages our intellects and our heats? Can the writer renew our hope for literary forms? Why are we reading if not in hope that… Continue reading Why Read? (4): Reasons Why Writers Should Read
© 2015 The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance 'An effective way of helping your children or teens become great readers is to read yourself. Read in front of them. Read newspapers, magazines, books, the backs of cereal boxes, the directions on a cake mix. Read aloud the song lyrics from your favorite CDs. Read… Continue reading Why Read? (3) Why not be a role model, in helping your child to read and enjoy it?
Also, on https://eileenmoynihan.wordpress.com/kids-and-teens-fan-club/ Turning The Key To Reading For some people turning the key to reading comes easily but for others, it is hard to even find the key to open that door, and that can be so frustrating. When people get frustrated they tend to give up and do not want to try and… Continue reading Why Read? (2) It Can Open So Many Doors…
There are many reasons to read. According to the University of the People, a tuition-free, American accredited, online college, these include... https://www.uopeople.edu/blog/why-its-important-to-read/ Expanding the mindAllowing for creative thinkingHelping improve concentrationGiving you a greater perspectiveHelping you destressProviding a sense of belongingBeing a great conversation starterDeveloping your vocabulary Ireland Reads In 2021, I wrote about the 'Ireland… Continue reading Why Read? Ireland Reads
Changes In Writing Style All writers need to find their own writing style, but to do that we first need to look at other writers' styles. Publication coach, Daphne Gray-Grant says: 'I know I risk sounding like I endorse a paint-by-numbers approach to writing. I don’t! I’m simply saying that when you’re deliberately trying to learn… Continue reading Change 4: Changes That Writers May Consider In Their Writing