This is your GOLD MINE.
- Keep a Writer's Notebook to gather ideas.
- It can be small enough to fit in a pocket.
- Jot down quick things in the back, so they're not forgotten.
- Write anything you notice, think, or dream about.
Find GOLD NUGGETS to use.
- Try to write something every day in the front of the notebook.
- It doesn't matter if it doesn't get finished. Authors don't finish their work in one sitting, either.
- It doesn't matter what genre or style you use.
- Spelling doesn't matter, either.
- Write about things that are important to you.
- Mine your notebook for GOLD NUGGET ideas, if you're stuck.
Choose the GOLDEN WAY to say what you want.
- When you like a piece that you've been writing and want to finish it and maybe polish and publish it, tear it out of the notebook and save it in a special place for more work until you're happy with it.
- Make it sound a lot like you, or someone it’s about.
- Add exciting language; take out boring language.
- Mix it up. Questions, excited exclamations, quotations for dialogue all add good flavor to your writing.
- Check to see if it makes sense.
- Ask someone read it to see if they understand it.
Polish the GOLD.
- If you really like the writing piece, fix it for others to understand.
- Check the spelling of words you’re not sure of.
- Be sure to use all kinds of punctuation to make it easier to read.
- If you use a computer, it can help with grammar or spelling.
- Ask someone to look it over for mistakes.
Put your GOLD on display.
- Publishing a finished piece is very important, too.
- It can be finished for others to read or for your eyes only.
- Choose a form that is interesting.
- A book is nice, with chapters or picture book style or a collection.
- Maybe a poster or t-shirt would be better. There are so many ways to put your writing on display!
Here are a few other possibilities:
- Write on a piece of junk mail or newspaper.
- Write it on a piece or taped pieces of plastic or cellophane (the windows of junk envelopes).
- Write or paint it on a shirt or towel or t-shirt.
- Print it beautifully for a frame.
- Use chalk on the sidewalk.
You CAN be a real author!
Have fun with what you’re written!
Read A Lot! Good readers make good writers.