10 tips for the “lazy” writer

10 Tips for the "Lazy" Writer

There are tips, practices, tools, and helps that make writing easier. Don’t believe for a minute that your kids are lazy!

Here are ten ways to provoke writing today:

1. Gel pens and black paper

2. Instant Message with your child

3. Text with your child

4. Write a sentence on a white board that is provocative yet unfinished, like “If I could design today, I would….”

5. Write together (at the table, everyone at the same time)

6. Write at the mall, jotting down fashion fails and snippets of ridiculous conversation

7. Give shoulder massages before writing to everyone (do it in a circle and then switch directions)

8. Write on a clipboard, under a table, lying on a trampoline, up in a tree, with sidewalk chalk on the driveway

9. Comment on 5 status updates on Facebook

10. Rewrite the ending to a favorite movie or book (make it melodramatic, sad, angry, happy, or include aliens)

Writing is about freedom to express without the pressure that comes from straight jacket formats. Formats are only helpful once kids feel FREE to write.

Let me say it again: You can’t produce good writing that fits a format until you’ve spent hundreds of hours writing without caring one whit about format. Once you feel as easy writing as you do talking, formats are a snap of the fingers to teach and follow.

So play with words today.

Image by Brave Writer mom, Danielle

One Response to “10 tips for the “lazy” writer”

  1. Nanci says:

    I’ve found that small pocket sized notebooks are a real incentive for my children. They especially like the mini marbled-cover compostion books. There’s just something about the size that makes my children want to jot down things.