For the month of March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by The Two Writing Teachers Blog. Each day I will be sharing a Quick Write as my way of slicing. The idea is to offer a SPARK that will kindle thinking and then write as quickly as you can for 5-10 minutes. No filters, no revisions.I’ve been curating a collection of Sparks and will share some with you all month. It’s a great way to ignite your writing life.
When I ask students who they looked up to, it is very enlightening. There are the obvious singers, performers, and athletes, but I am stunned by the number of YouTubers that students are fans of. I have no idea who most of these people are, but I’m learning about them and about my students. There’s nothing like drafting a handwritten note to someone who’s work you deeply appreciate but I often take a photo of the letter and reach out via social media instead of snail mail. Since it is no secret that kidlit authors are my heroes and their books are such a huge part of my life, I’ll take this opportunity to let one know with a letter “slice”.
Donna Gephart is the author of several kidlit books that I admire.
Here’s my quick write:
I could send this as is in a tweet or Facebook post, or I could revise if I chose. Just snap a picture and tag them on social media. They are always so accessible to their readers and I know would welcome some appreciation for their hard work. The idea is to express gratitude with intention, whether or not it ever gets sent. But a bonus to this quick write is that it spreads some love-and we could all use more of that.