by Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh: President, Word Branch Publishing
I woke up this morning knowing I should write a blog, but the ideas just weren’t flowing. Coupled with an allergy headache, I simply wasn’t in the mood. But I knew I had to soldier on, so I started Googling to get ideas. I did and from unexpected sources.
Almost all the hits on the first page were writing ideas for children. I almost blew it off as not serious enough, but I thought I’d take a peek out of desperation. The intended audience ranged from grade school to high school, and they were surprisingly thought-provoking, poignant and just plain fun.
“Time Savers for Teachers” listed 100 writing ideas ranging from “I have a disability” to “I will tell you a story that is only half true.” I smiled at the idea of, “When I become an adult this is what I will be like,” and wondered how the response to “my future spouse” would change as a child aged.
Houghton-Mifflin’s EduPlace had some compelling ideas for grades one through five that I thought would make good topics for adults. “Fireworks” is a charming subject for a second grader, and as a topic for an adult it might range from artistic description to explosive emotions. Mrs. Dell’s Writing Ideas gives a list of possible thesis statements as well as circumstances and titles. “My favorite vacation” works well for just about anyone.
So why would an adult contemplate writing ideas aimed at children? Because when we change our perspective, it triggers the imagination. It forces us out of a box with limited vision and into someone else’s world. So next time writer’s block attacks, consider taking a different view to make the ordinary special.
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