MAKE WRITING VISIBLE

The purpose of this blog for teachers and my mission as a kids’ book author who does frequent visits to schools is to MAKE WRITING VISIBLE. So much of writing is invisible, inside our brains. That’s where we get our ideas. That’s where we figure out what will happen in our stories. That’s where our creativity lives. That’s where our characters come to life. But are there ways to make all those invisible happenings more visible? YES! I believe we can and we must. By making writing more visible, we take the mystery out of the process. We offer young authors help and hope for becoming better authors. So please join me in MAKING WRITING VISIBLE!

SAVING IDEAS

 

We all have ideas. It's important to SAVE THEM before we forget them. But where? In this video above (share with your students) I show my IDEA NOTEBOOK and tell how and where I save my ideas, including the idea file on my computer.

An idea paper in the front of a writing folder or notebook is a perfect place for students to save ideas. It can be simply labeled MY IDEAS with room to jot down new ideas for writing. Or it may be divided into sections, such as POETRY IDEAS, ANIMAL IDEAS, NONFICTION IDEAS, etc. See the included HANDOUT for SAVING IDEAS.

Discuss with students where they currently save their writing ideas. Does that place work? Why or why not? Do they have more than one place to save their ideas? Do they organize their writing ideas in some way? If so, how?

When students save ideas on a list, you can then talk with them about which they'll choose to write about next. Why did they choose the ideas they did? Are some ideas too big or broad, such as "space" or "pets" (and need to be narrowed/focused before writing)? Are other ideas too small or narrow, such as "a tack" or "my dog's nose" (and need to be expanded before writing). Which ideas do students care most about? Which are assigned topics for writing?

Students need to know it's okay (actually desirable) to have LOTS OF IDEAS--so that they have choices for what to write about. Also, the more ideas they generate, then the more ideas they'll get. The brain gets used to generating ideas--it becomes an IDEA MACHINE!

LINK: SAVING IDEAS-HANDOUT

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DOT DAY: Imaginative Brainstorming

We all need to USE OUR IMAGINATIONS MORE—so our stories will be imaginative and creative! On DOT DAY, September 15th every year, that’s exactly what we are reminded to do: BOOST OUR IMAGINATIONS! Dot Day was inspired by Peter H. Reynold’s book, The Dot.
the dot

Albert Einstein agreed . . .


Imagination research

I agree! To boost our imaginations, we need to use them more, warm them up, get them revved. In the video above (by all means, show it to your students), I show you imaginative ways I used my “dot”—a red ball . . .


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as a heavy earring, a wild steering wheel, a bad-cold-in-my-nose, a pillow that gives me red dreams, a giant period at the end of giant’s giant sentence. Then I challenge you to do imaginative brainstorming for a few minutes every day. Use it so you won’t lose it!

This handout gives ideas for imaginative brainstorming. These ideas help to make IMAGINATION MORE VISIBLE. Have a discussion with students about how they came up with their ideas. Which ideas seemed the most creative and why? By using their imaginations with these short imaginative brainstorming activities, you’ll be boosting your students’ imaginative skills, which will hopefully then translate into having them be MORE CREATIVE when they write their own STORIES!

LINKS:
The Dot book by Peter H. Reynolds
Dot Day
Handout for Imaginative Brainstorming Ideas

COMMENTS CHALLENGE
Add to the Imaginative Brainstorming Ideas. What are some other ideas/lists you can use to challenge your students to use their imaginations? Please share for other teachers to add to their teaching toolbox. Thanks!

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