March Madness Check In Day 23--Your Inner Child
First let's start off with today's winner!
Go to this post to pick your prize (You have the choice of any of the remaining ones) http://denisejaden.blogspot.ca/2013/03/march-madness-is-here-wipmadness.html
And then email Denise your choice at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com and she'll get it to you.
Today I'll be taking a prompt from the book A YEAR OF WRITING DANGEROUSLY by Barbara Abercrombie
59. What Writers Can Learn from Six-Year-Olds
There's something about the above picture that reminds me of the joy of being a child. Remember getting on a swing and being able to lift up high? Remember how freeing that sensation was?
I'm a former first grade teacher and I used to marvel at my students. They had tons of energy, weren't afraid to use emotions, and when they loved something? They'd be very focused on it. I can say the same of my 11 year old.
So here's some things we can learn from six-year-olds with our own writing:
Creativity. Most of my students weren't afraid to try something. They loved to get down and dirty especially with painting or other forms of media. Don't be afraid to try something new.
Energy. Omigosh, I used to tell people if I could bottle the energy of a six year old, I'd be a billionaire! With our writing we need to use our energy and not be afraid to be silly sometimes. Or break into a dance.
Emotion and Passion. You can't write about emotions unless you're in touch with your feeling...Barbara Abercrombie.
Very true. Also one reference book I use to help dig deeper in my writing is EMOTION THESAURUS. I highly recommend this ebook!
Focus. Watch a child doing something they love be it painting, writing, or in my son's case Legos, and see how focused they can be.
Concentrate on what you love and ignore those naysayers that tell you otherwise!
Curiosity. Most children are very curious and not afraid to ask questions. My one motto is "Question Everything." Don't be afraid to question.
My question for today is what can you learn from a six-year-old or any child? And how can you apply that to your own writing!
Don't forget to check in tomorrow with Kelsey Macke at http://www.kelseyiswriting.blogspot.com