Monday, October 22, 2018

12 Easy-Peasy Writing Secrets, or How to Find Ideas

I get to talk with 4th graders this week about writing. 

As they especially want to know where writers get their ideas, 
I thought I should make a list. 
I decided to share it with you, too. 

This isn't the quantitative, end-all list of idea-catchers, mind you
because, as all writers know, ideas can be found....
  • 1. At the bottom of the dryer
  • 2. In snatches of conversation 
  • 3. In the waiting room at the doctor's office 
  • 4. Under the couch, next to the monster's eyeball
  • 5. Inside a pair of Seven League Boots
  • 6. Buried under the witch's bones in the graveyard
  • 7. In a fistful of stolen pirate gold
  • 8. In the pocket of the Wrong Coat at the Lost & Found
  • 9. Behind a secret staircase in the old castle
  • 10. In the next chapter after the final chapter of the last book you read

Of course, this list goes on 
and on
and on...

Writer friends, where do you find your ideas?

Any special plants or potions or special tricks
 that keep your ears and eyes 
ready for your next idea?

Teachers, you are welcome to use this freebie printable as a teaching resource.  Feel free to share links to this page. 

To use this resource, just drag the image to your desktop and print. 

Thank you for keeping this original content credited to its creator.  Cheers!


Jan Morrison said...

Ideas! Ideas! They lurk under every bush waiting to leap out at me. I have to keep a special stick with me at all times to beat them back. If you let them in you have to feed and water them. You have to whisper encouragement to them in the dark. You have to listen to them rattling on endlessly about how great they are. And competitive! Ideas! Who'd 'ave em?

Faith Pray said...

Yes! Beautiful words as always, Jan!


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