Tonight is the final session of a class I’ve been teaching on writing for children for UCSD Extension. It’s been a wonderful quarter. They don’t know it, but I’m going to call this group the “Gold Dogs.” So, in the future, when they have fabulous success, I will mark them as members of this particular class. You heard it here: this class is going to do amazing things.
As a teacher, I always receives gifts along the way. Besides being a part of the joy that comes from hearing a new story with a magical voice or brilliant ending that makes everyone go “ahhhh,” I always learn something new and gain new insights into my own process.
This time I’ve been reminded of the power of play. The letting loose and having fun. To not try so hard.
Write something that is NOT supposed to get published. That is simply small and silly and unimportant with a capital U.
Sometimes it’s small and wrinkly and forgettable. But it doesn’t matter, because that’s what it was supposed to be. But sometimes… that small and unimportant bit of silly play turns gold and shines bright.
I really need to take my own advice!
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK