Get That Chickadee Feeling
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The Author's Writing Process
1. Prewriting-hardest and most important part-developing the idea for the story
For getting simple ideas to encourage children to write, suggest they walk around with a notepad observing and recording people, animals, nature, special events, family gatherings, friends, pets, dreams and daydreams. These ideas can be expanded upon and embellished later.
That Chickadee Feeling- observing the smiling and engaging faces of children feeding friendly Black Capped Chickadees out of their hand. –a life-changing bonding with nature.
When I Grow Up….- observing characteristics of my dog, Muffy, at home and in nature.-seeing unconditional love, friendship, loyalty, entertainment, companionship, protection…
Butterfly Wishes- observing Monarch Butterflies feeding from Cone flowers and laying eggs on Milkweed. -observing Monarchs arrive in Mexico by the millions from Canada.
Samuel’s Most Important Message- watching a Blanding’s Turtle laying eggs. I was amazed at their long, bright beautiful yellow necks. Its pond was in danger of being filled in and replaced by houses. “If a turtle shows up in your life, it is time to get connected to your most primal essence. Go within your shell and come out when your ideas are ready to be expressed” Native Proverb
I Need a Hug- observing people hugging Redwood Trees in California and listening to their comments. Even big tough, motorcycle, tattooed men could not help hug the giants.
BOOMer Rules- observing Bullfrogs singing and defending their territory in a pond near Clinton, Ontario. It was like going to a concert or a Shakespearian play put on by mother nature.
*Observation means direct use all 5 senses to learn more. The five senses are in each story.
Background for Ideas
Keen Observation Interest
Once you have your idea, BRAINSTORM it, until you have exhausted all thoughts! Think like a tree!
-a caring, sensitive, compassionate voice that is concerned about values, the environment and our children’s future but still has a sense of humour
Key to success- RE-VISION, RE-VISION, RE-VISION and RE-VISION