Tip: Ellipses (…) are used to indicate a trailing off and an em dash (— long dash) to indicate an interruption: “I wish I could remember…” Jody chewed her lip.

“Don’t tell me what—”

“I’ll tell you whatever I want!” John yelled.

Thought for the day: “Write about winter in the summer. Describe Norway as Ibsen did, from a desk in Italy; describe Dublin as James Joyce did, from a desk in Paris. Willa Cather wrote her prairie novels in New York City; Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently, scholars learned that Walt Whitman rarely left his room.” – Annie Dillard

Jumpstart: Columbus discovered the American’s in October. Put your hero in an ancient explorer’s time. If given the opportunity, would he sail off to the wilds with them? What would his job on the ship be? Would he be excited or scared? How do you feel about seeing land after so many months at sea? Did he get seasick?