Emily Reed is our guest blogger this week for Goal 3: Generating and Collecting Ideas. Emily is a Reading Specialist at Dillsburg Elementary in the Northern York County School District. Also, she is the Co-President of the Capital Reading Council and is the Director of Membership Development for the Keystone State Reading Association.
The blank page can be scary to writers at any age. I have heard these words many times. "I don't know what to write." "I don't have anything to write about." I am sure that those words have flowed to your ears as well.
"Tapping into personal passions and interests is a crucial part of becoming independent, self directed lifelong writers." I love how Jennifer focuses on the idea that writing is inside of each one of us. We just need to know how to get it out of us and onto the page.
There are so many wonderful strategies in this section. I can't wait to try them all!
I really want to try 3.4 Photo Starts. The idea of collecting photographs to help spark a story is such an interesting idea. Looking through photo albums always help me remember things I have experienced. I think this would really appeal to my students, at any age. This strategy also could get families involved in the writing process with their children.
3.2 Moments with Strong Feelings
I like the idea of focusing on different feelings and the stories they evoke. We often focus on fun, cheerful moments but the stories tend to be stale. Worried or scared might make for a more exciting story.
3.5 Mapping the Heart
This is a strategy that my students enjoy. We create the Heart Maps and are constantly adding or going back to the hearts for more story ideas.
Once students (and teachers) have multiple ways of discovering the stories inside of them...the words will begin to flow with ease. I really believe using some of these strategies will develop many more confident writers.
Happy writing (and reading).