30 March, 2013

A prickle of porcupines

Reading, in my opinion, should always be a learning experience. I like to add in trinkets of information that people might find entertaining or interesting. For instance, something that I consider when I aggroup animals together is that some of them do have collective names. A parliament of owls, an intrusion of cockroaches, a memory of elephants, so on and so on. There are many websites that catalog the names -- and more! -- like this one, for instance.

I'd love to know if this is something others do as well -- include tidbits of knowledge in their writing, just little things, that progress the certainty of the writing?


  1. Yes! I love to teach animal facts through my writings. As a matter of fact, in my picture book about Crab, Seagull and Whale, the reader learns that the crab lives in a sand burrow. So, that's more knowledge right there!

    I also decided I wanted to write a picture book about a daddy seahorse and one of his offspring. Well, a seahorse offspring is called a "fry" which I thought was about the most adorable thing I had ever heard. So, I wanted to incorporate that into the story to allow the reader to learn something new.

    So, yeah, I think writers should always try to find some unknown fact to incorporate that in their story as a little teaching lesson. :)

    1. You know, eventually I will have to check out your picture books. They sound very fun for kids :D



Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects. She's also written No Diet, No Surgery, No Sweat, an ebook chronicling her weight-loss journey.

When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.