Writing quotes I’m holding onto and thinking about as I construct this post:
|“I read like a teacher of writing even when I’m reading the morning paper, and I see rich text possibilities all around me.”
-Katie Wood Ray @katiewoodray
|Steps to Using Mentor Texts
Select a text to emulate and reread – one that inspires an idea, models a structure, or demonstrates an author’s craft worth trying.
· Read it (Read like a reader)
· Analyze it (Read like a writer)
· Emulate it (Write like the writer)
– adapted from Kelly Gallagher @KellyGtoGo
When I read like a writer, it feels different. There’s a bit of anticipation and excitement because I know that I am going to be writing soon. There’s also a bit of trepidation and anxiety.
“What if it’s not good enough?”
“What if no one wants to read it?”
The point of writing and especially writing like the writer is that one writes a LOT. It’s not about the audience YET. It’s about the words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and yes, even the poems appearing on the paper in DRAFT form! The print version is a pre-cursor to being ready for a “reader”.
Writing . . . Writing from the heart of a writing teacher! You will be a better teacher because you can model and share exactly “how” you begin . . . or get unstuck . . . or try a new craft example.
What writers are you emulating?
What quotes are you holding?
Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place to share our work. So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!