And now I’ve got the blank page (or screen) syndrome.
This isn’t anything new, not for me. If you are a long time follower, you know this is a yearly ritual. However, each time I’m faced with it, I am surprised. Weird, right? When I’m in the writing zone, I think I’ll never stop. But then…
Brain fog settled in.
One thing that has helped me before, was reading. Reading everything. Good, bad, great, and mediocre. So I’ve spent the last couple of months reading three to four books a week. Didn’t help.
I’m visiting some of my favorite bloggers.
Playing with a few writing prompts.
And giving my brain a good talking to.
Looking at some of my previous posts and trying to take my own advice. LOL
Tell me. How do you get back in the writing saddle? To create when the lightening of inspiration is lacking?
I appreciate any tips or suggestions you’ve got. Because I’m still stuck.
I Want to be a Firefighter is a children’s picture book written by Jean M. Cogdell. What would it be like to be a firefighter when you’re all grown up? You’d get to wear big black boots, a yellow safety jacket, and a bright red firefighter’s helmet. There’d be fires to fight, sometimes requiring climbing high up on ladders to reach the blaze and put it out with your hose. Sometimes, your job would be to help find lost dogs and rescue cats who’ve gotten themselves stuck far up in trees. Firefighters usually have best friends who are dogs. They’re spotted and black and white and are on call for emergencies just like the firefighters themselves. It’s such a busy occupation that, by the time night comes, a firefighter wants nothing more than the comfort of his bed and his firefighting-companion puppy.
Jean M. Cogdell’s I Want to be a Firefighter will thrill any kid who gets excited when they pass a firehouse or see a fire engine rushing off towards an emergency. What do firemen do? This book helps kids visualize exactly what being a firefighter entails — from a kid’s perspective. It’s also a great way to introduce that endlessly fascinating subject: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And yes, kids do have simplified views of what those grown-up careers or jobs maybe, but it’s powerful to get them visualizing themselves in the future. The illustrations work perfectly with the story and do a good job of conveying the busy day that the young firefighter and his puppy have. I Want to be a Firefighter is highly recommended.
Everyone struggles with getting a kid to read. But once you get them hooked, they are hooked for life.
My daughter is a third-grade teacher and she says the students who struggle the most, in all subjects, are the ones who struggle with reading.
Everyone agrees how important it is to get a kid to not only read, but enjoy what they are reading.
Reading is the gateway to success.
Although summer is almost over, it’s not too late to inspire your kiddo.
Here are a few tips to help turn your kid into an avid reader:
Kids love to imitate, so let them witness you reading.
Find out what type of books their classmates or playmates enjoy.
Gear the books you choose with your kid’s interest.
Read to them every night.
Introduce early reader chapter books around age 6. Reading a few pages a night will add anticipation for the next night.
Let your kid know reading is not an option. Do whatever necessary to get your kid to read just 15 minutes a day. (I’m not above a bribe.)
Get your kid their own library card. (Makes them feel important.) And yes even toddlers.
Search Amazon for books on things they like to play with or ask your local librarian for suggestions.
Let them pick out a book, even if it’s not your cup of tea. What they read is not as important as getting them to read. One may prefer funny books such as Diary of a Whimpy Kid, your other kid might prefer mysteries, letting them explore the library or local bookstore empowers them.
If your kid picks a book you think is too hard for them to read, read it together. You’ll be surprised at how much they will learn.
Don’t give up! Eventually, reading will click if you don’t quit.
And a happy birthday to one of my favorite authors, Hans Christian Anderson. I’m sure there isn’t a parent in the world who doesn’t know The Little Mermaid. But did you know it was written in 1837? Just goes to show you good books last forever.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t showcase my children’s books. I hope you’ll head over to Amazon and check mine out. While I in no way stand alongside Hans Christian Anderson, I’m very proud of my books. Easter is coming and a book makes a great gift.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for a holiday to give the gift of imagination. So, y’all give a book and light a fire of creativity in a child today. You never know who you might inspire to become the next great author.
Don’t have any little ones to gift a book? Teachers everywhere are in need of good books. There is always a place to make a reading impact. Ask around.
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