A Writing Lesson From Second Grade

When I was in second grade, I wanted to become a mermaid. A career in writing was the furthest thing from my mind. But I also had a wonderful teacher (whose name I now forget) that made sure that all of her students explored a variety of forms of self-expression. She would have us write in a notebook everyday.

Sometimes she would have us write a story about a picture. Or she would give us the first sentence and we would have to finish the story. Other times all she did was ask a question. But that’s when I started to fall in love with writing.

Her technique is a good one for all aspiring writers, even those of us who are nearing our 40s now.

Write every day. It can be a paragraph. It can be a collection of first sentences. Just write.

Write about your day. Write about how you wish your day had turned out. Let a photo or a song become the springboard to a story. What do you need to say? How are you feeling? Don’t hold yourself back.

Not everything you write will be published, nor should it. Sometimes we need to write for ourselves before we can find the right story to tell others. This is one of the ways to let stories find you.

What’s your plan to write every day?

(image via Pixabay)