Real quick, jotting down a couple more ideas while the girls are busy fighting with each other (what is it about Jules loving to pull Sydney's hair?). I've bolded the changes made from the last draft. I should note that this is more an exercise of showing you the process that I do more on a mental level than what I consistently do every time I write a post.
One of the best things about one-year olds just learning words? You can teach them to say things that make you laugh. Jules has mamama, dadda, dayeeezeee!, and sihsih (Sydney) down. And now she has added a rascally little roar to her vocabulary. We say, "Jules! Roar!" and she gets a huge smile on her face, opens her mouth wide, and a little baby tiger comes romping from her vocal chords. It's so endearing. Along with her mad skills of sleeping through the night and eating whatever I feed her. I think we'll keep her.
And speaking of roaring, the lovely and wondrous Sam (whose Tuesdays are the best because she posts photos of Thomas, whose cheeks are so kissable!) has passed along the ROAR! for Powerful Words award to me, which means I need to list three writing tips.
It's a funny thing about writing tips. Because, you know, I actually have a degree in Writing Tips (except those academic snobs call it something like Language Arts Education). And yet...obviously, I still have lots to learn about writing. Fortunately, I like being in that position. Learning about writing is one of my most favorite things to do. That, and listen to Jules roar.
Hopefully my writing tips won't sound too teacher-ly, but if it does there's a reason for that: I'm a teacher. Also, my writing tips focus on engaging a reader, rather than just writing for self. I'm all about writing for self, but that's not where these tips are headed (see, that's the teacher in me coming out).
- A word about style: Using repetition, being deliberate, writing threads
- Be fearless: what to share
- Playing with mirrors: Peter Fish from Sunset, The Sports Guy from ESPN, Fug Girls, Maggie Mason.
Okay, the girls have started pulling all my clothes out of drawers so I'm off.