As a teacher, I observed that many students had no trouble thinking and talking, but struggled with writing. It wasn’t that they did not have the vocabulary or knowledge of grammar and sentence structure to write. It was simply that they found picking up pen or pencil, or sitting down at a keyboard to put the kinds of ideas they thought about or talked about on paper an intimidating task.
But really, writing is just thinking and talking in written format. (I almost wrote “on paper.” Wow would that have dated me!)
And so, for this week’s play with your words, I present you with a quote and ask you to write down what you think about it.
Let yourself write in the same way you think or talk. Allow the ideas pour out of you.
When you’re done, you can go back and edit and revise what you wrote. But don’t erase the sound of your voice from it.
Share what you wrote with each other. Compliment one another on the strengths in the writing. And please share your writing as a comment here on the blog.
“I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.”
Now set yourself free and write!