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While mild-mannered in public, behind closed doors MARK HOLTZEN has been known to groove to his diverse collection of music, cook and garden with moderate skill and make weird faces at his children and students. You also might find him inhaling large handfuls of popcorn, struggling to learn new guitar chords or riding one of his bikes through Seattle or its surrounding mountains. Currently on a teaching hiatus after years in an elementary classroom–including science at a gifted K-8 school for the past ten years–he writes essays, middle grade novels and is working to create more regional history for kids. He continues to be amazed and thankful (mostly) for the universe and its inhabitants daily. Find him at his blog, Twitter or Facebook.

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Mark Holtzen I love a quote I saw long ago, but don't remember who said it:

"The way to deal with writer's block is to lower your standards."

And it's true. Just…more
I love a quote I saw long ago, but don't remember who said it:

"The way to deal with writer's block is to lower your standards."

And it's true. Just get words on the page even if they are ridiculously bad, because you can always go back and fix them. It might take some time to figure out how to make them better--to say what you want them to say how you want to say it--but at least there's something there to work with.(less)
Mark Holtzen If you feel the desire to express yourself with written words, then do it. Whether you’re “publishing” your work for one important person in your…moreIf you feel the desire to express yourself with written words, then do it. Whether you’re “publishing” your work for one important person in your life, or for throngs of fans, both acts have value. The moment I realized that writing was my way of enriching how I experience the world, I relaxed and enjoyed the process much more. When I decided I wrote for larger reasons than to simply "become published" it took the pressure off. That’s when we create our best work anyway. Have fun. Be yourself. You might be surprised what comes.(less)
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I’m reading A Wrinkle in Timeto my son (Beverly Cleary to my daughter) and came across this passage:


“In your language you have a form of poetry called the sonnet… ..It’s a very strict form of poetry, is it not? There are fourteen lines, I believe, all in iambic pentameter. That’s a very strict rhythm or meter, yes?”


“Yes,” Calvin nodded.


“And each line has to end with a rigid rhyme pattern, An...

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