It’s time for your first Teachers Write Tuesday Quick-Write! Today’s post is courtesy of Phil Bildner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers! series, the Texas Bluebonnet Award-winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy and its companion, The Shot Heard ‘Round the World, both illustrated by C. F. Payne; and Twenty-One Elephants, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Phil’s new picture book, Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans, comes out this month from Chronicle.
Here’s Phil’s prompt for today…
People make wonderful prompts. Sometimes when I’m building characters, I’ll go to a place public — a coffee shop, a park, the library — and I’ll people watch. When I taught middle school in the New York City public schools, on my way to school, I would sit with my journal in my lap (when I got a seat) and make up stories and build characters based on those around me.
Find a fresh place to write. People watch. Create characters or character traits based on those you see. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the ideas develop.
Note from Kate: This is a really great prompt to do with your kids in the first weeks of school, too. Take those notebooks and pens out of the classroom — outside, or even just to the front hallway or cafeteria — and get them writing!
We’d love to hear about who you watched (and wrote about!) today, so if you’d like to share, feel free to post a snippet of your writing from today in the comments!
And just to remind everyone… I tried to reply to every comment yesterday to say hello to everyone, but that probably won’t be the case with all of our guest authors. Most try to pop in to say hello and chat a bit, but many folks are traveling or on deadline and can’t reply to all of your comments. That makes it even more important for you to build this community and talk writing with one another, too. 🙂