Slice of Life Story Challenge March 2 -Writers Must Be Risk Takers
Writers Must Be Risk Takers
My current writer's notebook
For as long as I can recall, I have been urging young writers and their teachers to embrace the notion of becoming brave writers. Writers, who are not afraid to venture into new territories with their writing, -willing to experiment and engage in some risk taking. I want developing student writers to be willing to try new and unfamiliar words in their writing. I encourage them to explore different genres and styles. I want them to walk with the literary giants they so admire.
For this reason, I too, must demonstrate all that I advocate. I must be brave and fearless as a writer. If I want others to be brave, then I too must venture beyond the safe zone and occasionally lose sight of the harbour.
|Listing things Dad's say when they get angry|
Last week, I was sharing the contents of my latest writer’s notebook with a group of young writers (Grade 3 and 4 students) at Sorrento Primary School. I have history with these students. We have shared writing stories for the past couple of years.
|A poem that asks questions|
|A poem based on a taxi driver I once met|
I was explaining that this current notebook contained evidence of me trying something new. Trying something which, throughout my writing life, I have been less confident about doing. If you were to peruse my notebooks across the 34 years I have been compiling them, you would find a somewhat spasmodic and rudimentary commitment to drawing and illustrating. ‘I am confident with words.’ I told them. ‘But I have never been as confident with illustrating, so I am trying to include more drawing into my writing.’
|Food news, fake news poem|
I explained how I had actually gone out and bought some special pens and pencils in order to support my efforts to try this new idea. I told them I was beginning to make discoveries and enjoy this new feature to my writing. Mostly, I have been linking these drawings to my poetry. I have no pretensions to becoming an illustrator, but I am less sweaty palmed about it as a result. I now feel I am walking the walk with respect to being brave and fearless. That’s a great feeling.
|Obediah Dodd whose eating habits were odd|
‘Just like you, I am trying to be a brave writer.’ They were gentle with me. Appreciating my humble efforts. This has emboldened me to continue with this new challenge. Hopefully, they too will be emboldened to step outside their respective comfort zones.
|Thoughts on the notion of bad hair days|
|Illustration to accompany writing about silence.|