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Letter from a reader…

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:

MailboxHi, 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.

Good luck!
-Mark

Visiting Middle Schoolers at Meadowbrook School, Weston MA

(From the school’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