A WRITER’S ALPHABET
Accept feedback and suggestions
Brainstorm to get my ideas on paper
Create word pictures
Develop my narrative voices
Edit my writing
Give my writing the time it deserves
Hone in on details
Imagine the possibilities
Jot down ideas and keep a journal
Keep my writing concise and concrete
Learn from the examples of professional authors
Master new writing skills
Narrow my topic
Outline and organize my thoughts and ideas
Publish some of my favorite pieces
Revise and rewrite my rough drafts
Stretch my imagination
Take pride in my work
Use a thesaurus, dictionary, and grammar book
Value the opinion of others
Write from personal experience and observation
Yearn to improve
Zero in on each step of the writing process.
Personal writing: Where will you focus this year?
Teaching writing: Which writing habits do you want to work on with your kids?
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Copyright © 2008 Kim Kautzer. All rights reserved.
Photo (with text added): Tom Maglieri, courtesy of Creative Commons.
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