Author Archives: Mrs. Emery

Dreams by Alexia S.

Above us,
Are our wild dreams,
Waiting to be dreamt,

To dream dreams,
Still we won’t reach,
They have told us no.

I say.
To those ones,
Who want to dream,
Who keep on reaching.



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Your character interacts with someone they despise. How does the interaction play out?

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The Night Giants Crashed; My experience of Hurricane Irma by Gabrielle H.

Sitting in a dark room
Outside, there’s nothing but storms and gloom
Tonight’s the Hurricane we all dread
Meanwhile my family was sleeping in beds
I couldn’t sleep, I shouldn’t sleep my brother warned
Who would wake the rest of them if worst came the storm?
I felt it was my job, my duty to protect
My family from the tornado threat
I stayed up all night hour struck three
When suddenly, CRASH! Likely a tree
I have OCD and a fear of ghosts
The bewitching hour is what I hate most
I dreaded to be up so late
But not protecting my family was something more to hate
So there I sat, it was about four
Where thunder and wind crashed galore
I sat bored, bored, bored, afraid but brave still
Hearing the sounds that gave my heart a thrill
I was terrified, tried to calm down so I wouldn’t yelp

When the sun started to rise,
Is when I learned of the surprise
My dad had a tornado tracker on his phone!
There was no need for me to stay up, alone!
That morning was such a sight!
Three trees had fallen, more tipped, but much to our delight
Our apartment was safe from most damage as we could see
Sadly, I couldn’t say the same for the flooded dog parks, and the trees

I’m thankful we didn’t get destroyed by the beast
Because we were on the worst side of the destruction, IT’S EAST!


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Write a scene where a supporting character makes a significant impact on your main character

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How To Increase Conflict and Tension


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Use the words “romantic,” “argent,” “coruscate,” and “efficacious” in a chapter of your novel. Make sure to give context clues!

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What characters from novels stand out to you? What makes them good/dynamic?
Can you think of any bad examples?

Nobody by Autumn W.

Nobody told me that love was a disease that was terminal. Nobody told me that you were the poison that would make it worse instead of the antibiotic to make it better. Nobody told me they saw the hatred you had for me in your eyes. Nobody told me that you didn’t love me. That you were going to pick me, to choose me, to love me. I breathed you in. You were the glasses that helped me see the world differently. The fresh air I loved to breathe. You were my person. My everything. Nobody told me that you were my enemy and your meaning to me would be nothing. Nobody told me that you didn’t love her. Nobody said anything. You don’t say anything. Why isn’t anyone talking to me? My mind is bursting into flames as I try to wrap my head around what has happened. I try to blame my mental illness for making me blind. When the truth is your love, your poison, your smile, your laugh, your indescribably perfect personality was what killed me. They made me talk about you today. They made me explain the depression. I said I didn’t know what happened. I said you just left. I didn’t tell them about the endless fights or even the unconditional love. I saw the love in your eyes but now I need glasses because I feel so blind. So blind I couldn’t see through you. I fell you didn’t catch me and there was no net to fall back on. I fell broke every bone in my body along with all of my organs. I fell and I broke my heart. I fell for you. I fell and sat right next to you. But I just couldn’t get the courage to tell them. They said talk about it, it will help. But when I talk I can’t stop. When I sit in the back seat of the car I can still feel your touch. When I sit on the couch I remember you holding me telling me everything was going to be alright when the world I knew was crumbling around me. I remember picking you up off the ground, you fell because you starved yourself just so people couldn’t see who you really were. I remember who you really were. I remember hurting because you left that night. But you came back the next morning. Just to continue the fighting. I remember thinking I didn’t deserve this. I had to keep saying that out loud and in my head because I didn’t believe that. I don’t deserve to get treated like this but I needed you I wanted you. I picked you, out of over 10 million smiles and 7 million blue green eyes I picked you. I chose you. I loved you. Everywhere I go just puts me back at where I started. So maybe I need to leave. No! I don’t have the courage to talk about you but I do have the courage to stand up to my demons who told me to stay in bed for two weeks after you left. To lie and say to everyone I’m fine. To smile and open doors for people. To work. To do anything and everything just to distract myself from talking about you. From thinking about you. From missing you. I lived years before you. And I’ll live years without you.


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Write a scene that purely serves to illustrate a setting.

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Why Do We Do It? by Grace

We’re already deep into NaNoWriMo, and you might be chugging right along, on target to hit your word count goal—maybe you’re even ahead of it! To you, I commend your efforts. That’s a very remarkable feat already, as you are balancing other demanding responsibilities like school and sports, work or college applications. But you might be the writer who missed a couple of days, who hit a block and just couldn’t get out of it—you might have thrown up your hands in surrender and given up. To you, I say, I know exactly what you’re going through. NaNoWriMo isn’t a challenge to be taken lightly. Regardless of your word count goal, whether it be 7,000 or 50,000, sitting down and writing every day can be very difficult. When I write, I don’t like to plan. In fact, nothing I’ve written has ever really been planned! It usually comes as a burst of inspiration. This might be easier to materialize in poetry, as you have more freedom to rework and embellish smaller pieces of text. But with a novel, it’s like analyzing the building you just constructed, and realizing one of the bricks is a little deformed, or perhaps a different color, and to remove it and reshape it could send the whole building crumbling down. If you’re very wary of that as you dive into NaNoWriMo, or if you’ve realized this is your issue when trying to hit your word count goal, don’t worry. NaNo isn’t about finishing your novel.
You might be scratching your head at that. “Isn’t that exactly what it says on the website?” you may ask. “Isn’t the challenge to get to 50,000 words?” Yes, and yes. But if you think about it, it’s really difficult to write a whole novel where quantity is greater than quality. We’re writers—when we write, we are deliberate. We have a purpose when we begin a novel, and trying to squeeze it all into thirty days is tough! So if you’re one of those writers who is struggling to climb the mountain of “abandoning your inner editor,” or “writing with a stream of consciousness,” know you’re not alone.
NaNo is really just about writing. So many of us may have a burst of motivation to write a novel, but we can quickly run out of steam. We might put it back on the shelf in our “Projects” folder on our desktop, collecting dust. NaNo creates the atmosphere many of us need to push past these ruts we can get stuck in by making it competitive. How many words can you get in today? It doesn’t mean you have to get in a specific number of words—the competitive spirit serves as pure motivation to get you writing. Truthfully, having 15,000 or 10,000 or even just 5,000 more words than you did October 31st is awesome! This is only the foundation, the clay you’ll have waiting to rework and reshape later. If you don’t finish your novel, if you don’t get anywhere near your word count, that’s totally fine.
Realistically, completing a novel worth publishing take years! So, what if just one chapter, one sentence you wrote in your “stream of consciousness” will serve as the inspiration to construct that novel? What if a character you designed using the Snowflake Method that only appeared in two pages in NaNo became the main character for that novel? One perfect example is the novel Water for Elephants. Its author, Sarah Gruen, used NaNo to draft many of her novels, including this highly acclaimed best seller. She often fell behind in her word count, too. The key phrase here is “use NaNo to draft.” That is exactly why we participate in NaNo!
It’s not really about finishing those 50,000 words on November 30th at midnight—though this is a huge accomplishment and highly commendable. It’s about giving yourself that draft to knead into something incredible for years to come.
I wish you much success as we near the deadline, but do not lose hope if you’re so far behind. Remember: NaNo is about giving yourself something to work with, so you can start writing the next best-selling novel!


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What motivates your character? Write a scene showcasing their motives in your story

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There are physical and abstract antagonists.
The Physical Antagonist
A physical antagonist is a living, breathing character in a novel that is standing in the way of the protagonist achieving his or her goal. This does not mean that all physical antagonists are evil monsters. Some antagonists stand in the way simply through jealousy, or misunderstanding, or by having a set of goals that differs from that of the protagonist’s. If Fernando is your protagonist and he wants to take Jill to the dance, but Greg asked her first, this doesn’t mean Greg is a “bad guy.” He’s just another guy who likes the same girl. Then again, there are those antagonists that are just plain evil. It’s
up to you to decide who’s going to stand in your protagonist’s way, and how he or she is going to do it.

The Abstract Antagonist

Though a lot of antagonists are living, breathing beings, some are not. Some protagonists face off against illness, or grief, or the powers of a corrupt
government. We like to call these kinds of antagonists abstract antagonists because they don’t take actual physical form. If your novel’s antagonist is not
a living person/animal/entity, you have an abstract antagonist. It may be easier think of it this way: if your protagonist cannot physically kick your antagonist in the knee, he or she is probably abstract.

What kind of antagonists do you have?