Doug Wilhelm

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Doug Wilhelm is the author of 17 books for young readers, including Street of Storytellers, winner of the 2019 Book Award for Young Adult Fiction from the Independent Publishers of New England. 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, and he’s been doing it ever since. Wilhelm often visits schools to talk about The Revealers and his other books. Kids tend to notice pretty quickly that he is six feet ten inches tall!

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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…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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A library story, slightly damp

The libraries I’ve loved have tended to be not very attractive, appearance-wise. I think of the metal-shelved catacombs that fill the dim-lit, below-ground floors of Baker Library at Dartmouth College, and the chairs of molded plastic that made me feel like I was back home at the American Library in Kathmandu, where I taught English across the street many years ago, and tried to get the writing...

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In Arabian Nights by Tahir Shah
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Tahir Shah is the son of Idries Shah, the late author and collector of traditional Sufi tales who had a huge impact and is one of my heroes — but his son's work, in this nonfiction book at least, has a subtlety, humility and gentle humor that his ...more
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I went right from Michael David Lukas's beautiful second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, to this one, his first -- and enjoyed it almost as much. He has a fine touch for bringing characters and scenes to life, and a lovely regard and respect ...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.”
Doug Wilhelm, Falling

“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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