Silent and almost menacing.
OK. I give.
The screen calls me to “slice”. It is the beacon of light in the room. Coffeeless. Not yet awake. Calling. Who knew that I had finally found the setting that kept it awake? No longer sleeping after two seconds of inattention. No longer at rest.
Time to think and slice. Fingers nimble. Sleepy eyes semi-focused.
Mentally Rehearsing. Today it was about finding an idea that came from fingers on the keyboard. Fingers moving and a mind ready, waiting and anxious for that first cup of coffee promised after the slice was published.
What’s your “slicing” routine?
And where are your ideas coming from?
(And a reminder if you get stuck, from the Dirigible Plum, “10 Forms to Try When You are Stuck During the Slice of Life Challenge.”
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Where do ideas for stories come from?
Some stories come from a picture that captures an idea.
Some stories come from an observation.
Some stories come from a conversation.
Some stories come from a thought or idea inside the brain.
Some stories come from a question.
I had the pleasure of hearing Kate Messner share with a panel on Friday where the idea for Over and Under the Snow came from . . .
tracks and then a hole in the snow
And then this book became a mentor text for additional texts.
About Over and Under link
Advice for writers from Kate Messner here
Where are your ideas coming from?
What are you paying attention to?
What are you wondering about?
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Neil Gaiman on ideas here
Story Nuggets here
Wiki how here
Heart Maps by Georgia Heard here
Where do YOU begin?
Here’s a simple list of words from my writing notebook
Begun with an early morning observation
At Silver Lake
Some words from the present.
Some from the past.
Some added over time.
How does a list evolve?
What categories would you make?
While waiting for inspiration to strike,
I’ve learned to keep my fingers moving across the keyboard.
Looking for photos
Looking for organization
and word clouds suddenly appeared in my brain.
Adding a filter.
Using a visual as a stimulus . . .
Ready to write!
One of Those Moments
One of those moments
Etched on my cornea
Burnt into my brain
Captured in my heart
Combinations of clouds
White, thin, wispy
Surrounded by large and fluffy white-topped clouds
With an under girding of gray
Ready for a sprinkle or
Perhaps a shower or
Sheets of rain or
Buckets full pouring from the heavens
Harmony in thoughts shared
Rich in laughter
Engrossed in fun
So much to do!
A boat ride,
3 Truths and a Lie, and
Learning to play a ukelele.
Bound together by a few moments in time
One of those perfect summer moments!
How do your thoughts become your ideas?
What shapes your format?
Where does your organization come from?
How do you share this process with your students?
My first draft was totally a description – what I saw, heard and felt while outside
But it seemed really boring
And felt like it could be any lake anywhere
So this is Draft Two . . . after some revision!
As a reader I have many “Fan Girl” moments. The list of favorite authors is even longer and my “TBR” stack has collapsed upon itself. So it’s time to write. Pick up the book. Test out some of those post-it marked pages and try it on.
But wait . . .
I signed up for the webinar.
Please, oh, please
Procrastinate until the webinar.
And that gem . . .
The idea of waiting
Have you noticed?
One of my all time favorite topics is writing about my learning!
Ahhh, you have noticed!
Thanks for traveling this learning journey with me!
As a result of my learning . . .
A Heinemann PD webinar with Georgia Heard,
I created a heart map with some of the best quotes.
Not an assignment.
A way to collect and perhaps savor some ideas that I heard.
And now I know that this is bigger than a topic list.
It’s bigger than just writing any old ideas into a heart shape.
It’s about REAL writing.
Writing that comes from my heart.
(Crap . . . can’t fake it . . . Must make it real . . . Writing!)
It’s about “an ache with caring”.
The passion to write comes from the connections I have to that topic that I have chosen …
Checking out Mentor Texts . . .
So many REAL reasons to write . . .
To Capture Thoughts . . .
I don’t just write to persuade, to inform or to entertain. (PIE)
I reject only having three reasons to write.
I write for many reasons.
Most of all, I write for me.
I write about ideas that matter to me.
Why do you write?
Plan: To create a heart map after PD to hold onto favorite quotes or ideas. That visual learning map of the important parts that I choose to store visibly so I can return and unwrap their precious wisdom. My Learning Map.
Text Based Questions (Close Reading of my Webinar):
Phase 1: What are Heart Maps? When would I use them? Why would I use them?
Phase 2: How does the design of a Heart Map support its use?
Phase 3: How will students be able to use Heart Maps to increase their passion for writing?
How can models of Heart Maps result in crafting authentic, personal writing?
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Additional Information about Heart Mapping:
Pictures in my brain
Some jumbled . . .
This way or that?
Physically sorting materials,
Mentally sorting . . .
One path visible
One path unseen . . .
How do I know I’m making progress?
It’s too early for product . . .
The fact that I persevere
It’s all ugly
That first draft.
That second draft.
Have another go.
And yet another.
Revision will continue even through that first presentation.
Revision in planning . . .
Revision in drafting . . .
Revision in life . . .
How do you see evidence of your planning and drafting?
How do you allow the time for both the visible and the invisible planning and drafting?
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