Power of Observation

September 7, 2008 at 10:07 am

Yesterday, my family and I enjoyed the beautiful cool weather by hiking in a nearby trail, followed by fishing on a small lake.

I never forget to bring a notebook and pen and camera on these hikes. There are so many sights, sounds and smells that fill that “writers well” of ideas. For instance, my sons and husband caught (not kidding!) about 18 toads and two very large grasshoppers. One thing we discovered – don’t put the toads and grasshoppers in the same collection tube!

There were fallen trees, ponds covered with a layer of fuzzy green moss, and a shock of bright red berries amongst soggy brown leaves. My 9-year-old came up with numerous story titles and ideas!

  • The Strangler Tree
  • The Clearing
  • Twisted Trunk and the Magic Forest

What can you observe in your daily life to write about? Use all of your senses, keep a notebook of feelings, sights, settings, characters. Then when you “have nothing to write about” use your idea notebook!

Tell us some of your observations and how you will use it in a story!


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