Over the course of the school year, I am amazed at how proficient some of the kids become at storytelling, using their imagination and developing creativity. They add dialogue without being prompted. They learn about continuity, staying on topic, but most of all from an early age, they develop a love of "writing." No matter how scary, funny or horrific their stories, there is a common theme: mama to the rescue.
A high school student, once a very shy preschooler, came to visit me at school. She told me I had inspired her to become a writer. I am so proud of Jessica. I know I have influenced others; I taught school-age summer camp for 17 years and preK for 38 years.
Another of my former students, now in college, nominated ME as her most influential teacher. Speechless, honored and overwhelmed...that's how I felt when Abigail said, "I spent my childhood with you every summer, and you had the greatest influence."
We wrote stories, put on plays and talent shows. We had fun.
I will share my five "W's"; will you share yours?
Who inspired you to be a writer? My dad was a fantastic storyteller, but my first grade teacher introduced the class to composition writing...we copied off the board and added our own information.
What is your genre? I prefer personal essay/creative nonfiction, humor, but I write poetry and fiction.
Why do you write? It is an outlet for my creativity. I love word play and hearing from others that my words have somehow affected them.
Where do you find inspiration? The past, the present, the conversations and behaviors of others.
When do you prefer to write? Early morning I am freshest in my thinking, but late at night when the house is quiet also works, if I have enough energy :)
Please come back next Thursday. I will be interviewing a high profile and well known author.