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Writing Tips from Cindy


Some people might tell you that to be a better reader, you should just read more pages, but that’s not always true. In fact, if you slow down and spend 15 minutes every day reading less, you’ll improve your reading faster. Here’s how the plan works:

1. Choose something that you want to read.

2. Set the timer for 15 minutes.

3. Start reading. When you come to a word that you don’t know, STOP!

I mean it. Stop. Don’t go on reading until you look that word up and know exactly what it means. Your brain and your eyes don’t always work together. Your eyes can keep on reading the letters and words on the page, but your brain is still stuck on the word you didn’t know. Because your brain is stuck, it doesn’t matter how many words you read or how fast you go after that, you won’t remember or understand it. So, STOP, look it up, write it down and then . . .

4. Start over. Yep! Go back to the beginning and start reading from there. Keep reading; go past the new word you just figured out and keep reading until you hit the next word you don’t know. Guess what? STOP! Define it, and then . . .

5. Go back to the beginning and start reading from there again.

Repeat this same pattern for 15 minutes. Each time you go back to the beginning, you’ll read faster and you’ll understand more. You’ll never forget those new words, because you took the time to look them up and use them over and over. If you only make it through one paragraph, that’s okay. It’s one paragraph that you can now read quickly and understand completely. One good paragraph is better than a whole book that you can’t remember when you’re done. You might even want to keep a list of all the new words you learn each day. They will add up quickly.

If you read like this for 15 minutes every day, that will be 105 minutes per week of serious vocabulary building and reading improvement. In one month, that’s 3150 minutes of reading. In one year, that’s 37,800 minutes of reading. Imagine being able to tell your friends that you read for 37,800 minutes. A little bit every day will make you a much better reader.

“How can I become a better writer?”

Reading more makes you a better writer? It’s easy. The more you read the more vocabulary words you learn and can use. Also, reading is like playing a musical instrument. Practice is the key. Your brain gets used to the rhythm of the words in a story, just like it gets used to the melody in a song. When you want to write, the rhythm is automatic.

Writing should be fun. Write what you like to read—stories, poems, scary mysteries—it doesn’t matter. I write ten pages every day, first thing in the morning on whatever book I’m writing at the moment. But, I also write in a journal every night before I go to bed. I put all of my happiness and all of my

troubles in my journal. Try it. Write in a journal before bed for just five or ten minutes. Write anything—about the weather, about your pet cat, about the silly things that happened to you on the way to school or work, about the test you passed or didn’t pass, about your vacation. Draw pictures in it. Listen to music while you’re writing if you like. Do what makes you feel comfortable. You can write a few words or pages—whatever feels right. It doesn't matter if you make mistakes. No one is grading it and no one even has to see it, but you.

Finally, read what you like to read. If you like graphic novels or stories about

friendship, adventures or mysteries, then you should read more of them. Any

reading is good reading. Also, try to read books that are easy for you. You’ll

read faster and be more successful and you’ll want to read more. Once you’re reading a lot, move up to books that are just right or a little bit hard. Not too hard! Too hard just makes you frustrated and you stop reading. Reading should be fun, whether you’re reading fiction or non-fiction.

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