School is back in session for many and it is the perfect time to stock up on notebooks, journals, pens and pencils for any student or writer. You can get composition notebooks for as little as .50c in some places and start collect packages of pens so you don’t run out. If technology is your source for writing, many of the electronic stores have deals on laptops and ipads. So once you are fully stocked with all the writing tools you need, what do you write about?
Here are a few ideas for writers of all ages to try:
Summer Vacation – summer time is the ideal time for family vacations, so write about those amazing places you have been, even if it’s summer camp or a few weeks at grandma’s house. If you spent it at home, write about some of the interesting things you did to keep yourself entertained.
The Weather – what was the weather like where you were over the summer. Did you go skiing in Europe or spent the day tanning on a tropical island? Maybe a tropical storm ruined your cruise or you had to flee the fires in the East Coast. Write about the pleasant or destructive weather you experienced.
People – write about some interesting people you met or encountered during the summer break. When you go back to school, write about some of the students and teachers you meet. Put yourself in the shoes of some of the staff at your school, like janitors, cafeteria workers, and security guards.
Hobbies – did you get involved in any new hobbies over the summer? Maybe you worked on something crafty or practiced surfing. Write about any good books you may have read, or snowboarding and skateboarding for the first time.
The Unpleasant Moments – maybe your vacation didn’t go as planned. Perhaps you lost your luggage or ended up in a horrible hotel. Did you get sick and couldn’t even enjoy your trip? Write about your nightmare vacation or how you turned a negative experience into a positive one.
Photographs – If you were too busy taking selfies and other photos to enjoy your trip, go back to your photographs and pick a few moments to write about. Find an unusual object or structure that seems to tell a tale. Study the background and put the scenery into words to take the reader to that place.
Whether you’re a teacher, parent or student, there should be plenty to write about. Even if you didn’t go somewhere exotic and life continued as normal, you can always write about you dream vacation or activity for the summer. Just keep those pens flowing and fill up those notebooks when the ideas come.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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