Sparking the Noggin: Creative Writing with Pictures
Length: 28 weeks
Age/Grade: 4th – 7th Grades
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How to Use This Course
Staring at words on a page can be scary. Staring at a blank page you are supposed to fill with words can be even scarier. Sparking the Noggin: Creative Writing with Pictures overcomes both of those fears with weekly writing assignments that are fun, short, and based on a picture. This is an excellent way to help reluctant writers defeat their fears and start letting out some of the boundless creativity stored inside of them.
You always wanted to write. You always knew it was there, deep inside, yet you always wondered what you needed to do to get that information out of your head and onto paper. You may have asked yourself, “Where do I start?”
The process may seem quite overwhelming to you. Yes, it can be overwhelming when you focus on the entire process it takes to write that very first sentence to holding your finished work in published form, but that is not where we begin. What we need to do is take little steps and go slow, and all will come together in God’s own timing. It is like climbing a mountain. It would be easy to look at how high the top appears and walk away saying, “That’s impossible! I will never get up there!” That is not the way we should go about life, especially with God as our Guide. What you need to do is take that first step forward, then another, and then another. Yes, you will stop and take breaks to rest your mind; you will struggle up rocks, go down into valleys, and there will be times when you think you will never make it. Yet, over time you will find yourself standing at the top looking back at all you struggled through, and you will rejoice that God gave you the strength to persevere.
My goal with this creative writing program is to help you take that first step, then the next and so on, so that you can start the journey you have always wanted to make. Set small expectations, something that is possible to reach so you can go on to the next one. And lastly, have fun with it. God gave us a mind to use, and it is more powerful than any computer. What is stored inside is priceless, and nobody will ever hear what you have to say unless you get it out for them to read and see. So, go ahead and take the writing challenge: spark your noggin and see what surprises are locked up inside!
- Lessons One – Four: Let’s Start at the Beginning!
- Lessons Five – Eight: Details in More Detail
- Lessons Nine – Twelve: Setting the Scene
- Lessons Thirteen – Sixteen: Naming Your Characters
- Lessons Seventeen – Twenty: Sparking the Imagination
- Lessons Twenty-One – Twenty-Four: Creative Observation
- Lessons Twenty-Five – Twenty-Eight: Putting it all Together – Let’s Get Writing!
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