Random Pearls: Ann McCallum

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you have recovered from the Super Bowl. Between the barn burner of a game, the exciting half-time show and that crazy blackout I was exhausted! And please forgive me for saying this but, Go Ravens!!

Today we have a super treat for you. The lovely Ann McCallum has come by to offer some Random Pearls on what makes a successful writer. Ann is a teacher and author of books about math for kids, with her most recent being EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR HUNGRY MINDS.


They say that to become successful, you should study the habits and philosophies of those in your field who are already successful. Other than writing every day, what unique work habits or philosophies do you possess that makes you excel?

Random Pearls—Not sure if a jeweler would consider these ‘pearls’ valuable, but when I’m stuck—really stuck, as in I’d rather clean the house, even, than sit my butt in the writer’s chair—I time myself. For example, I’ll write down when I’m starting, say 7:05, and then lock myself to it until 8:05 (Or however long I give myself). For some reason, this makes me get right into writing, no wasting time checking emails or the latest Hollywood fashion flop. Then, I can even keep going if I have enough time.

Thanks Ann!

About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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