Recently I was asked to be a writing mentor from a friend and colleague. I felt honored and scared about where does one begin. She’s newly an empty nester. She’s always wanted to wriite. So I have been chewing on this for a few days.
Here’s my list so far:
Find classes to take ( which I know she’s is doing already)
Write everyday, start slow and build up.
Read writer: Anne LaMotte, Stephen King’s book On Writing
Go online, find daily writing prompts
Find a group
Go to the library
Go to poetry readings, book readings
Read the kind of books or writing you want to write
Carry a notebook
Go for a walk
Spend time in the quiet
Try out different kinds of writing
I started out writing writing personal narrative and poetry. I took a lot of classes. But since 2008, I have focused mor and more on writing for children.
More slices at Two Writing Teachers.
Looks like a good list, Jone. I guess the best advice is just to start, and write every day. It forms a habit of both writing & then the rest of the day noticing things, things one might wish to write about.
Writing every day! I don;t always succeed, but I try (in one form or another).
When writing tries
So sorry I was on your page when I thought I was posting my writing for the day! :(. I forgot I was about to leave you a comment. I will do that now! I like that your list emphasizes writing everyday. That is really what is important, working with language and finding our voices. Even though it was an accident to post it here my slice is about writing.
I think you will be a fine mentor.