Doug Wilhelm

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Doug Wilhelm is the author of 17 books for young readers, including Street of Storytellers, a multi-award winning novel for YA and adult readers:

• Gold medal, YA fiction, 2020 Independent Press Awards
• Silver medal, teen fiction, 2020 Benjamin Franklin Awards
• Winner, young adult books, 2019 Independent Publishers of New England Book Awards
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Doug's previous books include The Revealers, a novel about bullying that has been the focus of reading-and-discussion projects in over 1,000 U.S. middle schools, and True Shoes, the Revealers sequel on cyberbullying. Doug began writing for young people with the legendary Choose Your Own Adventure series, for which he has written 10 books. When he visits schools to talk
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Doug Wilhelm Middle schoolers ask me about this all the time! For me, at least, the key is to understand that writing is always a process. The scary time, when peo…moreMiddle schoolers ask me about this all the time! For me, at least, the key is to understand that writing is always a process. The scary time, when people get stuck or blocked, is right before you start -- and the way through that is to give yourself permission to write badly. Tell yourself, "I'll just write SOMEthing -- I can change or fix it up (or throw it out) later." Once you start, you're okay. And because it really IS a process, what defeats people is trying to shortcut that -- to make their first draft something great or perfect. Putting too much tension on your first draft stops you from trying things; to let yourself be creative, to flow with it, you have to give yourself room and permission to make mistakes. Try to see your draft as a sketch, a beginning, not a judgment on you. Take some pressure off! Just start, and you'll be okay.(less)
Doug Wilhelm I suggest that you keep a writer's notebook. This doesn't have to be fancy or expensive! It should be something you can carry around, that can become …moreI suggest that you keep a writer's notebook. This doesn't have to be fancy or expensive! It should be something you can carry around, that can become a friend in your life. I think the idea of having an appointment each day with your notebook, especially when you're just starting with it, is a good idea — but you don't have to write down everything that happens to you or anything like that. What you write should be up to you. Have fun with it, but come back to it every day for a few minutes — like a musician practicing an instrument.(less)
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Resilience part two: the story of Street of Storytellers

Last week I shared a resilience story, of how my first book was rejected 75 times and what I learned from that. As it turned out, the story has a second half.

The original book recounted a journey I made with a portable typewriter into Muslim Asia in 1981. I had left my newspaper job at the end of the Iranian hostage crisis, hoping to find some understanding of this world that seemed about to becom

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I've had this paperback for a while, not sure where I found it -- but I picked it up while recovering from covid-19 and was completely engrossed. In the early 1930s, William Shirer was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune who was covering the turbulent ...more
" I just finished Olin Steinhauer's The Cairo Affair -- loved it, posted a five-star review today -- and am most of the way through Yangsee Choo's The N ...more "
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This is a terrific contemporary spy thriller, vividly set in Cairo, and Budapest to a lesser extent, and told from the viewpoints of three people who are enmeshed in the layered, unpredictable narrative: the adulterous wife of an American diplomat, a ...more
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“The flow. Yeah. Knowing you could step on the court and make it happen. You practiced, sure. But then, when you walked out there, you could just go. You could flow, that was it: you created and you didn't totally know how. You just knew you could, so you did. It wasn't thinking and it wasn't imitating somebody else's moves, though you always looked carefully when you watched good players play. But when you played... it was something you couldn't explain. Neal used to know. It didn't come from thinking about it.”
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“You can't know what difference you'll make, but you are part of something. I think so. We all have things we're meant to do. People we're meant to care about. We're all meant to matter.”
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