I get a lot of email from readers and many ask similar questions, so I thought I’d post this latest one and my answer: Hi, I’m a fan of the Lemonade Mouth series. I live in the UK. I saw the film and decided to read the books, I loved them. I’m a GIANT lemonhead and I really want a second film made based on Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up you’ve written. I love your books and I am thirteen and want to write a book myself. Could i have any tips? Thanks, — Lemon Head uk
BE HEARD BE STRONG BE PROUD MY SPIRIT IS A LION THAT WILL NOT BE CAGED WE WANT LM 2
Dear Lemon Head uk,
I’m so glad the Lemonade Mouth movie led you to read the books! As far as writing tips, just keep writing and writing. Share your work with other writers who care about writing and improving, and read their work too. A big tip: Forming a writing critique group (for example, get together regularly with friends who also write and want to improve) is a great way to do this. Give good, thoughtful feedback about their work. Listen to the good, thoughtful feedback they give to you. Read a lot. Write some more. Read some more. Keep following your passion.
(From theschool’s website) The Meadowbrook School English Department was pleased to welcome author Mark Peter Hughes yesterday to discuss the writing process with our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Hughes had the middle school students rapt; several came up to him afterwards to ask questions and have their books signed.
He had three tips for superb storywriting: 1) compelling stories start with characters 2) show, don’t tell 3) the beginning is important, and revisions even more so
He worked with the students on a character development project and…more
I know this doesn’t have much to do with writing but I’m just so proud of my daughter Zoe, who is here singing Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” while I back her up on ukulele This was at a recent open mic night near where we live. Proud dad.
When I was ten I started making movies using my dad’s super 8 movie camera. This before digital cameras, before DVDs, before making videos was common or easy. The camera didn’t even have sound and I had to save up the money just to buy and process the film so we never did more than one take of any scene, even when things went wrong, which was often. Captain Frogman isn’t great art and it definitely won’t win any Oscars. But it’s a story project I did as a kid. Here it is in all it’s shaky, stupid glory. Enjoy!
The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years…The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and the level of the sea… (read full article)
An early sketch for the cover of my futuristic novel A CRACK IN THE SKY by the amazing artist Per Haagensen
Some thoughts for writers:
In some ways the writerly concept called “world building” is just another way of saying “writing”. Still, no matter your story’s genre, taking the time to think through and organize some of the story-world’s details and rules up front can help keep the story coherent, consistent and feeling ‘real’ (and save you lots of rework time later). Whether you’re writing sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary realistic, or any other flavor of fiction (or non-fiction, for that matter), the following non-exhaustive list of considerations is intended only as thought-starters as you begin to organize and plan.
What is your story’s world?
A Few Questions/Considerations
Place and Time:
When and where does the story take place? An current-day town on an ordinary day? Future Earth? Another planet? An imagined ‘Almost-Earth’? A suburban garage? Somewhere else?
What is the geography? Terrain?
What is the climate?
Is it a time/place that really existed? Is it totally imagined? Where do the real and imaged overlap?