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Dawn Malone graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in journalism, and worked as a newspaper reporter in Illinois and Wisconsin before she started writing exclusively for children. Her stories have been published in Highlights for Children, Pockets, as well as other children’s magazines, and she’s a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul Think Positive for Kids. Dawn’s middle-grade manuscript, BINGO SUMMER, was awarded an SCBWI Work-In-Progress grant in 2007, and debuted in May 2014. When she’s not writing, Dawn collects antique valentines, loves hiking if someone carries her backpack, and substitute teaches preschool through high school because she loves to eavesdrop for story ideas. She has yet to be caught. She lives in ...more

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Dawn Malone The freedom to write on any topic I choose! I worked for years as a newspaper reporter. While I loved the work environment of a daily newspaper, I…moreThe freedom to write on any topic I choose! I worked for years as a newspaper reporter. While I loved the work environment of a daily newspaper, I found writing about other people's ideas limiting. A journalist who longed to write fiction was not a good match. Fortunately, I was able to keep fiction out of my news stories while I worked for the paper!(less)
Dawn Malone I don't really believe in 'writer's block'; there never seems to be a shortage of topics to write about. I do think that you can write yourself into a…moreI don't really believe in 'writer's block'; there never seems to be a shortage of topics to write about. I do think that you can write yourself into a corner, and depending on your story, have limited directions in which to go. When that happens, it's usually because I haven't given that section of the plot enough forethought. I'm not big on creating an in-depth outline before I write, but everyone can benefit from some. If I do get stuck on a chapter, it's short-term. Taking a break to read a similar book, whether it's the same genre, tone, subject, etc., helps me get back into the writing groove. (less)
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The rough draft is always the most difficult for me, conjuring a story from the fragments of dialogue, setting notes, and bits and pieces of research that make up the outline I put together before beginning  Chapter One. I'm a little more than halfway through this book, but I've been sharing with a critique partner as I go. I've never shared my books this early in the process, but so far it's w... Read more of this blog post »
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“Friends aren't people you can whip up like a batch of cookies. Dana and I were friends since kindergarten. Good friends take time.”
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“Freedom lies in being bold.”
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“Resist much, obey little.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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“Truth crushed to earth shall rise again.”
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