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Teaching & Traveling with Yowling Creators

Teaching & Traveling with Yowling Creators As I gear up to teach a new semester of three groups of yowling creators, I think about who my students will be. Like many instructors, whether university professors or elementary school teachers, I usually focus on what my students will learn. However, at the moment I find myself wondering what I will learn. I always absorb something–how to be a better teacher, new ways to communicate concepts. What...

Yowling – Outlining Feels Like Moving Day

Yowling – Outlining Feels Like Moving Day This past week it struck me that Stage 4 of the creation process is much like moving day. I’ve been trying to figure out how to collect all of the stray pieces of my life, fit them neatly into boxes, and find just the right spot for each item in my new home. A yowling has been rising like a geyser within me. The more I contemplate the task, the bigger it gets. Since I work from home, I have to...

Cram-Bam…Miracle? Embrace Yowling

Cram-Bam…Miracle? Embrace Yowling Do you hop from project to project? Does your mind nibble in a meadow of great ideas without finishing one? Do you lack satisfaction when you finally do finish? You may have a cram-bam approach and not know it. This means you ignore your yowling and wait until the last minute to start. Then you procrastinate, try again, abandon all effort, try again, get even more frustrated, and then try to internalize...

Thesis vs. Topic Sentence

Thesis vs. Topic Sentence “What’s the difference between a thesis and a topic sentence?” As a teacher and writing coach, I am asked this question A LOT. So, here’s the skinny. A thesis statement and a topic sentence are basically the same thing:   Both are a single sentence. Both need to be clear, concise, and to the point. Both require the use of both sides of your brain to form them. Both are a...

The Art of Revision

The Art of Revision Albert Einstein once said, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” Although Einstein was a scientist, his words hold true for the writing process as well. Whether your piece is promotional, academic, or anecdotal, revision is a step you don’t want to skip. As the last stage of the Yowling Creator’s Way, revision is where your piece comes alive...

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