You have ideas worth writing down!
…and so, the creative circle goes round and
Unlocking the writer
You may not
see yourself as
a writer… BUT
When I find something that inspires me, I write
about it in my writer's notebook. I think of my
writer's notebook as a true friend, a great listener,
someone who will accept whatever I write (the good,
the bad, the weird, and the tedious). My writer's
notebook never judges me. It understands that
becoming a writer takes a long time, and we might as
well have a little fun along the way.
Ralph Fletcher (2005)
What is aWhat is a Writer’sWriter’s
Not a diary!
Writers react. Writers need
a place to record these
Writing SmallWriting Small
Seed IdeasSeed IdeasMind PicturesMind Pictures
Snippits of TalkSnippits of Talk
Writing that InspiresWriting that Inspires
Unforgettable StoriesUnforgettable Stories
Reflects the writer’s
Small notepad, a journal, a
sketch book, or a composition
Place to keep your thoughts, dreams,
words, lists, ramblings, stories,
reflections, quotes, pictures…
Rereading: Digging OutRereading: Digging Out
the Crystalsthe Crystals
How do you separate
crystal from dull rock?
“Observation of the Room”
“Meaningful Place” Strategy
“Look at a Photograph” Strategy
“Think of a Person” Strategy
“Look at an Object” Strategy
Notebook ChecklistNotebook Checklist
Keep your notebook with you at all times.
Date every entry.
Do not skip pages.
All drawings should have writing with them.
Number the pages.
Vary your topics.
Care for your notebook.
Make sure there is evidence
of what you’re learning in your
“Tell the truth about your
life and what’s really going
Final thought about what a notebookFinal thought about what a notebook
is from fifth grader, Briana Carlin.is from fifth grader, Briana Carlin.
A notebook is where you keep dew drops from a dew
drop morning. It’s where the sun sets. It’s the wind
in your face at the beach looking out over the water.
A notebook is where you’re playing with your dog.
It’s where you have dreams about walking on
rainbows. It’s where the good feelings and the bad
feelings spend the night.