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Don’t be a Perfectionist & Other Advice for Young Writers with Millie Florence

Meet Millie Florence

Millie Florence is an enthusiastic homeschooler and a published author – and she’s only 14-years-old! Her debut novel, Honey Butter, was published in August 2017, and she’s currently working on two more books: a collection of poems and a fantasy novel.

Participating in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, was a life-changing experience for Millie. It gave her permission to write the first draft of her novel without worrying about perfection, and that’s an incredibly freeing.

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Millie’s Tips for Young Writers

  • The most important part of writing is getting the words out of your head and onto paper.
  • A lot (if not most) of what you write will get left on the cutting room floor.
  • Although revision isn’t always the most exciting part of writing, it’s necessary and it’s where a story comes together – and that can be really satisfying!
  • Feedback is critical. Millie solicits feedback from beta readers, who are other writers and friends willing to provide constructive criticism. She actually finds many of her beta readers online, and she says beta reading with people you don’t know as well “will change your life and will change your story.”
  • It took Millie a long time to find a supportive community of young writers, but she eventually stumbled onto TeenAuthorsJournal.com, a small but strong community of diverse writers.
  • Homeschooling can give young writers unprecedented freedom to write when inspiration strikes and focus their education on other things that benefit their writing.
  • If you want to get better at writing, you just have to keep doing it – even if you don’t realize it, you’re always getting better.
  • Think about stories! Don’t be afraid to dream, wonder, or come up with crazy ideas. “Your mind is more powerful than you can imagine. You can affect so much of the world around you just by thinking. Your own thoughts can teach you, without you even realizing!”

Millie Florence

Resources:

Millie’s novel Honey Butter

Teen Authors Journal


We are hosting a free Brave Writer classroom for all of the young people who want to write as part of NaNoWriMo, and you can sign up your kids for FREE!

  1. Visit the Young Writers Program and sign up for an account.
  2. You will be prompted to join a classroom by entering a code. Our classroom code is: CKXQFLWR
  3. Our classroom name is NaNoWriMo for Brave Writers!

Coping with Unimaginable Loss with Brian and Tywana Smith

Podcast S3E8 Brian and Tywana Smith

Today’s episode is sure to tug at your heart strings. I welcome personal friends to the podcast who share the story of their strength in the face of unimaginable loss. They offer their pain and healing to help us understand how to treasure our families, and to support each other when suffering invariably hits.

Thank you for honoring them by listening—a gift to them.

Episode 8: Brian & Tywana Smith

Brian and Tywana homeschooled their two darling daughters until high school. They tell the story of what homeschooling has meant to their family and how they’ve transcended one of life’s most challenging experiences. I have been friends with them together and individually for nearly 20 years. They are solid gold and I love the conversation we had. I know you will, too.

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The Homeschooling Paradigm Shift with Rita Cevasco

Podcast S3E7 Rita Cevasco

Today’s podcast features Brave Writer colleague and my dear friend, Rita Cevasco!

Rita is the original creator and architect of our reading and writing program, The Wand, designed for early readers. She’s got 30+ years of experience working with children who struggle with reading, writing, and language processing challenges.

In this episode, we talk about

  • homeschooling,
  • the latest trends in special ed,
  • and how to help foster the right environment for your children to flourish in language arts.

This is a long, joyful conversation filled with practical tips and helpful anecdotes!

Rita and associates have their own website now (yay!) called Rooted in Language. You’ll find all kinds of workshops and tools to help you face the challenges in your homeschool. I was so excited about one of them, we are now selling it through the Brave Writer store!

New product + Discount!

For years, Brave Writer fans have asked me to write a Glossary of Literary Elements. Rita has done it, saving me time and energy. And it’s great! This tool includes an annotation bookmark that is genius! So clever and useful for reading. We’re giving you a $5.00 off code (see below) to use until November 10, 2017.

Laying a Path: Annotating literary Elements

Annotating Literary Elements
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I met Rita at our local homeschool co-op 17 years ago. Her passion for literature and mine for writing created an instant bond. We discovered that my ideas about writing and hers about reading complemented each other’s work. We teamed up again and again over the years, including when she privately tutored my son Liam who struggled with symptoms of dysgraphia.

What I love about Rita is her spunk, her dedication to seeing all children receive the precious gift of literacy, and the way she values homeschool mothers. She told me years ago they were her favorites to work with because they always took her suggested practices and went straight home to implement them with their kids.

If you don’t know Rita yet, or even if you do, tune in! We had a great conversation on the podcast!

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Enchanted Roadschooling Adventures for Families with Ashley White

Brave Shift Podcast S3E6 Ashley White

Today’s podcast features an intrepid home educator. Ashley and her family love to load up in a vehicle and head out of town for weeks at a time to explore the great big United States while homeschooling their kids. Her tips and tricks for how to keep the homeschooling experience fresh are sure to inspire you!

Today, Ashley and her family are in New Zealand. They caught the bug and took their show overseas. Join us for an inspiring conversation about homeschooling on the road.

Episode 6: Ashley White

I met Ashley through email when she offered to host the Austin Brave Writer conference. This woman is amazing! She’s one of those can-do people who brings to life what lives in her imagination. Join me for the inspiring interview and allow Ashley’s contagious enthusiasm to catalyze risks and adventures in your own family!

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How to Be an Awesome Adult with Christy Thomas

Brave Shift Podcast S3E5 Christy Thomas

Today’s podcast features homeschool mom and awesome adult Christy Thomas! Christy came on my radar when I noticed that she did such a great job of selfcare and making personal growth a priority. She’s a stellar homeschool mama who helps other parents prioritize fun, play, and connection in their relationships with their kids.

Episode 5: Christy Thomas

Christy is a homeschool mother of three, military wife, daily runner, and co-founder of the popular community Play4Life Moms! Her mission: bring play and joy into the homeschool experience. This episode discusses how you can not only homeschool but be an awesome adult in your own right—growing, learning, and expanding as a person right along with your children.

I can’t wait for you to meet her!

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