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Ruth’s SS1 (Brian): I don’t wanna write.

I don’t wanna write a student story, is the thought going through my mind right now (and because I live with two little girls there may even be a bit of a whine to it).

I remember Brian.  Everyday he would look the part of a writer — yellow legal pad; pen posed; sitting in a spot away from others.  And everyday he would simply scribble a single vertical line the height of the first line on the legal pad.  I don’t want to write, he would tell me.

One day in my infinite wisdom (read:  at my wit’s end with a stroke of luck), I tossed him an over-sized post-it note and said, “See if you can fill this.  It doesn’t matter what you write, but write some words.  Just fill it with some thoughts or a story or fragments of yesterday.  Please, just try to fill it.”

And he did.  It broke the ice and Brian spent the remainder of the year not just looking like a writer, but actually being a writer.

So I’m taking my advice and trying to just fill this little text box.  Once the scroll bar moves down — ahhh . . . yes! — I’m done!

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3 thoughts on “Ruth’s SS1 (Brian): I don’t wanna write. Leave a comment

  1. I’m glad you shared Brian’s story. I have two students who write almost exclusively on post-its. At first I tried to push them to ‘regular’ paper … then I realized I was making a mistake: they were writing, after all. Why stop that?


  2. I have also used that trick from time to time when I teach writing … but I hand the student an index card! Thank you for the Post-It idea … I can use that on students who find even the index card to be too intimidating 🙂

    And I like that on this blog you practiced what you preach!


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