Some of my students are in a writing rut right now. My learning support students in particular have a difficult time getting started. They open their notebooks and immediately the, “I don’t know what to write,” begins.
We brainstormed a list earlier in the year about where we could look for ideas. Today we revisited the list and added some more tips for how we can get “unstuck” when we don’t know what to write.
Our additions to the list are as follows:
Write a sequel to one of your other books
Look back in your notebook for unfinished pieces that you could revisit
Confer with another writer for ideas
Check your heart map and expert lists or make a new list of things you like to do
Then, one small voice spoke up. “All you really need to be a writer is 1. a pencil and 2. an imagination. Then you just go from there.”
The simplicity of this struck me. To this little writer the solution was simple because if you have a pencil and an imagination, you’re all set. There is no writer’s block. I definitely would have agreed with him before embarking on this slicing challenge. Some days I didn’t know what to write about. But I did follow some of the suggestions from our list, most often checking my heart map and my expert lists and memories.
I had a keyboard instead of a pencil, but I have an imagination. And that’s all I need.