Can you remember all the way back to grade school when you got to do independent writing? You’d get the freedom to choose any topic you wanted to write about, from how much you loved balloons to how much you hated your bratty sister. How satisfying that was!
And then you grew up.
Now find yourself writing a whole bunch of dependent things.
You write because you want to get a paycheck.
You write so you make sure you buy the right groceries.
You write because you need to get out that darn thank you email so Aunt Sue won’t badmouth you.
Well, this July 4th holiday weekend is all about celebrating independence. So, whether you live in the United States or not, I say, take a few moments this weekend to toss aside all those dependent writing shackles.
Write something simply because you want to.
Not for your blog.
Not for your website.
And not for your job.
To help spur you on I’ve collected some helpful lists and tips from grade school class outlines – just in case you’ve forgotten how to do this independent writing stuff.
Independent Writing Purpose:
Use your writing skills and strategies to support reading and writing development.
Materials of Choice:
Pencils, markers, pens, crayons, colored pencils, rubber stamps, computer, construction paper, newsprint, lined paper, unlined paper, stationary, notebook, envelope.
Independent Writing Tips:
- Choose your own topic
- Create pictures to go with your writing if you want
- You can use resources such as Wikipedia, dictionaries and glossaries
- You don’t have to spell everything correctly, do the best you can
- You can print, use cursive, or use a computer – any font you want
- You can write in your native language
- Picture what you want to say to realize that your words will be telling a story
- Read your sentences out loud to make sure it says what you want it to say
- Use appropriate punctuation, where you can
Have fun. And remember, pick any topic you want – just because you can.
Please note, no matter what you write,
you will not be criticized, summarized, or ostracized.
You will not be graded, hated, jaded, faded or raided.
AND you will not be asked to read this out loud to the class – though if you want to share, please do!
Happy Writing Independence Everyone!
photo by williamcho