First: Choose topic and then narrow…I choose to write about someone.
Second: Brainstorm phrases and sentences…
- Her mind a whirl of thoughts
- Slowly she ascends putting both hands down as she climbs the stairs carefully.
- My sisters say she’s failing
- “Enjoy every visit”
- In my mind I say she’s not
- I find a 3 page letter that states at the top The Life and Times of …
- Written ten years ago
- It is already yellow with age
- I read and cry and cry and cry giant sobs that shake my soul
- My mom is a writer just… like… me…
- I never knew
- I never commented
- I never saw
- Her words are difficult now
- She speaks in measured ways
- It is different, this foreign language
- But her love song is still intact
Try different ways to combine the ideas for a strong starter sentence.
I try, I want to write this raw, this really, really, rough draft. Maybe I should start it with a gerund, a preposition or a simple noun. Somehow I am not ready because the tears are simply in my way. I will see my mom today, love her today. I will bring her story, I will comment on her writing. I will tell her again how she is the best mom a girl could ever have. I will tell her…
PS I loved this article by Heather Rader on the Choice Literacy website. I am fascinated by combination of sentences and trying different kinds of beginnings. I fully intended to do this for a starter sentence. It may come yet during the ‘slice’, but not today. I think we need to realize this during workshop, sometimes students are just not ready to move from the brainstorming step. Sometimes they need a little nudge. Sometimes they just need to sit still. And sometimes they just need to cry…like me.