Dear Reader,
On this page you will find free e-books I have written as part of my mission to help people of all ages discover their writers’ voices and express the important things in their lives . You can do so by creating comic strips at the site and by responding to the writing prompts in the different books offered here. These and my other books are used in literacy and English Language Learning programs around the world and to encourage creative thinking and expression. I hope you have much fun using the books! Just click on the covers to read the e-books.

Sincerely,
Bill Zimmerman
Creator, MakeBeliefsComix.com , Somethingtowriteabout.com and billztreasurechest.com

A Book of Questions

Pep Talks for When You Need Them

Who among us doesn’t need to hear warm, encouraging words from time to time – even if we have to say them to ourselves? I know I do. I first began writing and giving myself pep talks during the many years I managed daily newspapers. Often, in the quiet of early mornings before work, I would compose the thoughts found in this book. They were a way to talk to myself, to find comfort and courage, to feel less alone as I began my day. Some of these pep talks were written to help me deal with the daily pressures of work; others were written as I struggled with personal problems that overwhelmed me at times. I badly needed such words to help bolster my spirit and maintain a sense of dignity and self-respect when I felt weak.

My hope is that the good words in this book will be meaningful for you, too. In this book space is provided for you to record your own words of inspiration and support.

This book is formatted as an interactive digital journal diary. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the areas with lines on the book’s pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries.

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A Book of Questions

A Book of Questions: A Playful Journal to Keep Thoughts & Feelings

I'd like to share with you a few questions from my journaling book, A Book of Questions: A Playful Journal to Keep Thoughts & Feelings.

It encourages you to "talk" with yourself by writing about what you think and feel. I hope the questions will get you started in keeping your own journal or diary. You can type your responses to the writing prompt questions directly on your computer screen and keep the journal in your computer or print it out.

Each page in this journal poses a provocative, interesting question to help people discover their writers' voices and express their inner thoughts. There is also a secret message on the book's pages written in sign language with a code to help you decipher.

This book is formatted as an interactive digital journal diary. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the areas with lines on each of the book’s pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries.

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Something To Write About

Something To Write About

Author Bill Zimmerman created this book of writing prompts over the years teaching English language learners and literacy students. Its intent is to help students discover their writers' voices and express the rich thoughts within them as they master the English language. Students are encouraged to write about their family, their friends, their old life and their new life, feelings, dreams and goals.

These writing prompts encourage students of all ages to write about the things in their lives that are meaningful to them—their childhood memories and family stories, the people they love and admire, their hopes for the future, their deepest beliefs. Zimmerman says, "I have always believed that everyone has a story to tell—if only someone would ask, if only someone would listen." This book gives teachers a way to draw out students' stories and help them communicate their thoughts through writing.

Encouraging immigrant students to write is so important because it helps them better weather the enormous stress they experience as they learn their hard-won English language and adjust to life in a new land far away from their original homes.

This book is formatted as an interactive digital journal diary. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the areas with lines on each of the book’s pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries.

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Fill-ins

MakeBeliefsComix FILL-ins

You supply the words to complete this book! This do-it-yourself comic e-book provides a place where you can give MakeBeliefsComix characters your own words and thoughts. In this comic book, unlike any others you’ve read, you’ll get to decide what happens and have the final say.  All you need to do is just follow the prompts and fill in the talk and thought balloons to determine what characters say and think.

Many of the fill-in pages are funny, and some are also serious.  Many are about family and friends or other people you know.  Others are about your dreams, the things that give you pleasure and even the things that puzzle or worry you.  You see, this is a real-life comic book.  This book provides a safe space for you to express many of the feelings and thoughts that are inside you waiting to be revealed and which make you special.  You can write silly things, you can write serious thoughts; just write what is in your heart.  And as you fill in the pages, you will also learn a lot about yourself, and what makes you YOU.

One thing that the pages share in this book is that they are all incomplete.  They need your good thoughts, your personal words to be finished.  All you need to enjoy this book is your wonderful imagination. This book is formatted as an interactive digital journal diary. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the areas with lines on each of the book’s pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries. 

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Words I ish Someone Had Said to Me as a Kid

Words I Wish Someone Had Said
to Me As a Kid

I wrote this book of encouraging words to help young people as they make their way in the world. Every girl and boy needs to hear such words. I know I did. You see, I lost my father when I was very young and missed hearing the words that a child needs to hear from his or her dad.

Growing up, I tried hard to imagine the things he would have said to guide me if he were around. A few years ago, right before Father’s Day, I longed for my dad very much, and to seek comfort I began writing a letter from him to me, saying some of the things which I so wanted to hear—that he was proud of the person I had grown up to become and that he loved me very much.

Writing the letter helped me that day and I continued to write more letters in the voice of a father talking to a child. In time, these letters grew into this book to inspire children.

If you’re a young person reading this book, think of each page as a personal letter of caring words from me to you, like the ones an older friend or relative might say to you. I hope young readers will turn to the book whenever you need a good word or when you are feeling lonely or unsure. If you are a parent or teacher, you may find some of the thoughts offered echo what you may have said to a child in your life, or perhaps they will give you new ideas for future personal messages. You can also read and discuss the book’s thoughts with a young person. There is even space there for you to write your own thoughts directly onto the computer screen and into this book, which is in an interactive PDF format.

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Make Beliefs to Spark Your Writing

MakeBeliefs to Spark Your Writing

When you read this book, let your mind roam to new places and ideas and express all the wonderful things that are within you. All you have to do is fill in your responses to the magical questions asked by the characters from MakeBeliefsComix.com.

For example, make believe someone discovered a note that you placed isparkn a bottle that washed up on the beach. What would it say?

Or, imagine that today you are going to do one heroic deed. What will that be?

To read and write in the book, just click on the cover. By doing so, you will download a PDF that will reveal a book of picture and word prompts to spur your imagination and stimulate your creating writing and thinking. This book is formatted as an interactive digital journal. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the areas with lines on each of the book’s pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries.

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Fill-ins

Hummingbird Joy: A Book of All the Things That Make Your Happy

Click on the cover to download a PDF that will reveal a new memory book for you to write about all the good things in your life that are worth remembering. With your written words, Hummingbird Joy will become your own treasure chest of personal wonders. Writing prompts will elicit memories of many of the things that have given you joy. Others help you recall the different things in your life for which you are grateful. Writing helps affirm our joy and gratitude. This book is formatted as an interactive digital journal. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the areas with lines on each of the book’s pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries.

CLICK ON COVER TO READ Hummingbird Joy: A Book of All the Things That Make Your Happy.

Fill-ins

Laptop Letters: Sending Wise & Loving Messages to Young People in Your Life

Every parent or adult should consider passing down to a beloved child a written legacy, or letters, focusing on all the important things which they have learned in their lives. Such legacy letters strengthen that child’s ability to survive in life and deal with all the good and bad things to be experienced in years to come. These legacy letters might include family values, lessons learned, memories, and hopes or dreams for that child. Such legacy notes also convey the wisdom that a parent or relative has acquired and which would be helpful for a child to know.

To help you compose your own legacy letters, just click on the cover of Laptop Letters. The book offers many ideas and subjects about the types of things which you might want to include in writing legacy letters or notes to children. These include finding happiness, making the world better, deciding what is really important in life. The book also features sample letters and notes to inspire writers.

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