where writers keep track of lists, images, feelings, and events that might turn into great stories.
Stuck? Make some lists. Challenge yourself to brainstorm a single topic for ten minutes. It might seem like forever, but you'll be surprised how many ideas you have!
- Things I love.
- Things I can't stand!
- Places I have traveled/would like to visit.
- I know a lot about...
- Things that make me laugh.
- Embarrassing moments.
- If I ruled the world...
- Boring things.
- Things other people write about.
- The first time I...
- The last time I...
- A time I learned something important about myself.
Here's a fabulous way to generate a story idea. Just pull the lever and see what you get!
Tools...rules writers follow.
Schoolhouse Rock is genius!
Beat poetry appeared on the scene in the late 1940s and early 1950s, as people tried to make sense of life after WWII. Anyone interested in changing the way people thought and wrote through poetry could be a beatnik poet, but many of the most famous came from New York City and San Francisco. The stereotype of a beatnik poet is someone standing alone at a microphone, wearing a beret, reciting something serious and deep. Bongos, sunglasses, turtlenecks. You get the idea. Here are a few videos to spoofing beat poetry:
- Tom Hanks performs a Full House poem--hilarious!
- Sesame Street has a great AT poem.
- Beatnik Alphabet
Of course not all poetry performances fit the beatnik stereotype!
- Asha Christensen performs a poem about writer's block at TedXKids.
- Harry Baker performs a poem about prime numbers and explains what a poetry slam is.
There's no doubt about it. Writing is hard work. At least good typing skills make the mechanics of it a little easier!