Charles Ames Fischer

Teacher • Author • Consultant • Mentor


National Novel Writing Month

Posted by Charles Fischer on November 30, 2011 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

November was National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. The basic idea is to set a writing goal every day, so that by the end of the month, you have a novel (or part of one, anyway). For the fifth year in a row, I participated by writing 1000 words per day, roughly 120 pages for the month. 

Six students joined me this year and they wrote an average of 2 pages per day, so they now have 60-page stories! In the upcoming weeks, we will be editing and revisin...

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Mentoring Excursion

Posted by Charles Fischer on October 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM Comments comments (1)

I was asked recently about the mentoring program I do for teens, so I thought I would include a little story about the last meeting we had:



I planned an excursion in a small town for the students. I asked them to show up with a roll of quarters. Of course, when they arrived they were curious, but I didn't say anything yet. I read a poetic letter attributed to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, where the author found out he was dying and wrote a poignant letter to humanity...

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The Seven Mysteries of Life

Posted by Charles Fischer on September 9, 2010 at 8:42 AM Comments comments (0)

Imagine viewing Earth from outer space and wondering, truly wondering, what life was all about from that perspective. Imagine, if you will, becoming objective enough to get out of the frenzy of daily life to see Earth as a visitor from another place and time. Imagine...

Well, this is what Guy Murchie has done. This amazing, poetic tome took him 17 years to write, amounting to about an average of a sentence a day! This tome is set up in three parts. The first two sections sci...

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