1. Being a good writer means being a good reader. Visit your school library, township library, local book store/s, or borrow books from friends.
2. Read stories and articles in children’s magazines. Read an e-story.
3. Pick a writing topic you’re familiar with or one that gets you so excited you could burst! Decide if it will be fiction or non-fiction. Keep an idea list.
-Write about a sport you love.
-Write a story about your pet.
-Write a mystery.
-Write a biography about someone you admire.
4. Think about what ifs.
What if the main person in my story could hear other people’s thoughts?
What if a werewolf came into my classroom.
What if the clock turned back and my teacher was now my age?
What if I was the Principal of the school?
5. Think up story problems and keep a list.
-Ask yourself how your characters in your story can get into trouble.
-You might need more than one problem.
-Problems make your story more interesting.
-Think about how the problem could get solved and who you want to solve it.
6. Make an outline for your story.
-Make notes about how you want to begin and introduce your characters and setting.
-Make notes about your story problem/s.
-Make notes about how the problem can get solved.
-Make notes about possible endings to the story.
7. Start your story with a couple of terrible sentences.
-The hardest part is getting started. This practice moves your brain right into the story without getting too hung up on the quality of those sentences at first.
-Take your terrible sentences and polish them till they shine. Revise, revise, and revise some more.
-Have other people read your story and get their opinions. Read your story out loud. Do you trip up on any words? Does it make sense to your listener/s?
-Put your story away for awhile and then take it out again. It will look and sound very different.
Use all your senses to describe things and draw your reader in.
Use great description. This will also draw your reader in.
Make sure you have a solid beginning, middle, and satisfying ending.
Ever feel anxious, unsettled, or just off? Here is a powerful grounding practice using your written words. Close your eyes for a few moments. Describe on paper in detail:
Five things you see.
Four things you feel.
Three things you hear.
Two things you smell.
One thing you taste.
When finished, take ten slow deep breaths. Read what you wrote. Re-evaluate how you feel.
Hunger Games, Game of Thrones. Are they literary representations of life? Allegories. Do they go deeper than what we read or experience in the book, film, or show? Do they represent how people have become connected or disconnected from each other? What value is placed on life?
From the very top down, are we all divided? Or are we all one. Where does this sit within you?
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Just for Now, without asking how, let yourself sink into stillness.
Just for now, lay down the weight you so patiently bear upon your
shoulders. Feel the earth receive you, and the infinite expanse of the sky grow even
wider as your awareness reaches up to meet it. Just for now, allow a wave of breath to
enliven your experience. Breathe out whatever blocks you from the truth. Just for now,
be boundless, free, with awakened energy tingling in your hands and feet. Drink in the
possibility of being who and what you really are – so fully alive that the world looks
different, newly born and vibrant, just for now. ~ Danna Faulds
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The time in between is the best time. It is a time to take in every moment, every gesture, every sight, sound, smell, and taste. It’s holiday time, it’s always. The time is now. Savor it. Pause and draw your awareness to the moment. Fully in it. Breathe in the life force. Live life now. Make your “dash” count.