A few days ago I wrote about my experiences talking with middle school kids about writing. Another question kids always asked is: Where do I get ideas for stories?
I had to admit I'm an eavesdropper. I love to sit in coffeehouses, restaurants, on park benches and watch people. I shared that I always carry a notebook and pen so I can write down my observations...the way someone uses his hands—pounding fist against open palm when making a point, or the coy shrug of one shoulder.
Yesterday I received an e-mail from one of the teachers whose class I visited last week. She wrote how several of her students have taken to carrying notebooks and jotting down their observations.
Learning that I made a positive impression on those kids was truly the high point of my day.
That's great. I have three daughters (9, 5 & 1) and ever since I started taking the two oldest with me to my book signings, they each carry notebooks to jot down things. Pretty cool!
Author, Candy for My Soul and She'll Learn
Isn't it great to see kids interested in writing? I just love it. I was at a book signing a few weeks ago and this young girl kept coming back around to talk with me about writing. It made my day.