Take a moment and look out your window. Really! Look out the window at the world just beyond your door. What do you see? I see snow falling on an already snow-covered ground. Winter fun! Use whatever you see outside as inkspiration. Here are some ideas:
- Write a letter to Santa alerting him to the weather in your area. He may appreciate your extra help as he makes final plans for his trip!
- Kuumba, the KiSwahili word for creativity, is one of the Seven principles of Kwanzaa. Use this inkspiration to practice and reflect on Kuumba — today, during Kwanzaa, and every day!
- Use what you see through your window as a setting for a story.
- Use the scene to remember. When, for example, was the last time you played in the snow? Write about it!
- Notice something happening? Write the next step in the action — or the step before!
- Write an explanation. For example, How does it snow? Write a scientific or mythical explanation.
- Describe and draw a creature that could live in this scene.
- Pick a spot to observe throughout the day. Perhaps a particular square in your window pane? Revisit your window throughout the day. Keep track in your journal of the changes you see in a small area.
- If you can, get outside and observe your small area up close. Use all of your senses to describe the spot. If you can’t get outside, imagine how the spot sounds, feels, smells, tastes.
Nothing sparking your inkspiration outside your own window? Then write about this view outside the windows of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana:
Happy Creating! Be sure to share what you create!
The National Day on Writing is tomorrow — Friday October 20th.
People around the country will gather to read, write, and celebrate writing. Today’s inkspiration invites you to write a Round Up.
What is a Round Up? Well, a round up is a piece of writing in which you share the best of something — the best places to play, your best memories from summer, your favorite songs, your dearest toys or stuffed animals, the best Halloween costumes. You share all these “bests” in one place and you do it in a way that is short but gets people excited about what you are sharing with them.
Imagine sharing with your readers the five best places to find pizza in your town. That would be a yummy list! Especially if your writing is descriptive, draws on your senses, and is lively.
The writing can be a paragraph or a list. Lists shared in reverse order (10, 9, 8) can build excitement about your roundup.
Try writing a descriptive and fun Round Up — or write in some other form. Whatever you do on the National Day on Writing, be sure to find yourself writing — and remember to share your creations here with us.
P.S. Did you know that the US. Senate passed resolutions in 2015
, and 2009
declaring October 20 the National Day on Writing? Now you do!
Happy Midsummer! It’s been way too long since we posted.
Yes, this is a peacock. Yes, it is white. We saw this peacock at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey a few years ago.
So how did this peacock lose its colors?
How does the peacock get its colors?
Choose one of these questions and write away — right where you are!
Send in your stories, poems, explanations, plays, or songs. If you decide to color or paint the peacock, send your illustrations in as well.
Happy Creating, Inksters!
Logo drawn by Logan
Today’s inkspiration is linked to a book collection project. Logan, age 12, aims to collect 2,017 books that feature stories, settings, and characters from countries and cultures across the globe. Inspired both by Marley Dias’ #1000blackgirlbooks and by her own past bookraising projects that resulted in she and her brothers sending books to underserved children in Nigeria, Trinidad (through Ray of Hope), and to the Lund Home in Burlington, Vermont, Logan wants to collect even more books this time around. “Maybe if we read stories about people from parts of the world that are different from where we live,” Logan said, “we would understand and appreciate each other better.” Logan wants readers to enjoy seeing characters like themselves inbooks, and she wants young readers like herself to see the world beyond where they live. She hopes to collect books for children ages infant to YA.
As a part of #2017ReadYourWorld, Logan and other inksters will post book titles and reviews of books that will help us all travel through literature — right from where we are. They will also create writing inkspirations based on each book they review. Hopefully these books will inspire you to read and write where you are!
If you have a book you would like to share with other inksters, please post a comment to this post with a title.
If you would like to review a book, please send your name, age, and review to email@example.com and your review will be featured here at Inktopia Kids. Send along an inkspiration based on the book as well — a favorite line, a question, a theme, a favorite illustration or passage from the book.
If you would like to contribute a book to #2017ReadYourWorld, please send books to Inktopia Kids P.O. Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264.
Happy reading, writing, and globe trotting, inksters!
We believe that words and writing can inspire you to make the world a better place. Words and writing can help you imagine how you want to help make the world a better place. They can also inspire the people you share your words with. All you have to do is be willing to start just with yourself, right where you are!
Today’s Inkspiration is also the beginning of an Inktopia project — an on-going Inkspiration that asks you to respond to this question:
What is your “Be”?
(image from Print and Use)
In other words,
- Who do you want to be?
- What do you want to be?
- How do you want to be?
- What do you wish the world to be?
So, what is your “Be”? Think about it. Then write it down in a way that reflects you.
- Perhaps you’ll make a large, colorful sign that shouts your “Be” to everyone who sees it.
- Perhaps you’ll write a small, quiet note to yourself in your Writer’s Journal recording what your “Be” is.
- Maybe your “Be” will grow into a list poem, each line beginning with the word “Be” and expressing a different idea.
- Perhaps you’ll draw an illustration to show your “Be” in action.
Be sure to share your “Be” statements here on this site! And visit again for more of our “Be” project in the coming weeks.
January 20th is Inauguration Day in the United States. This means that President Barack Obama leaves the White House after 8 years in office. What would you like to say to him? What do you want him to know as he leaves the White House? Michelle Obama is also stepping down from serving as the First Lady of the United States. What would you write in a letter to her? Take some time to write a letter to one or both of them.
Inauguration Day also means that the United States welcomes a new president to the White House. Perhaps you want to write a letter to Donald Trump. What would you like to say to him? What do you want him to know as he enters the White House? Take some time to write a letter to him.
Writing a letter is a special kind of Inkspiration. When you write a letter, you are writing to someone in particular. You are entering a conversation with them. You are letting them know that you are thinking about them enough to take the time to write to them. You are sharing what you are thinking or what is going on in your life and world. You are inviting the person you write to to write back and share something with you. Here is a letter page for to you use if you wish:
Remember to send an image of your letters here for posting or to share your letter in a comment to this post.
Keep Writing, Inksters!
So you want to convince your parents, finally, to get a dog. Or you need your siblings to believe that playing in their room is better than staying in yours. Or you really just want to convince your friends that a particular ice cream stand has the best mint chocolate chip ice cream around.
Well then — Create your own commercial!
For this week’s Inkspiration, choose an item, experience, or idea you want to convince someone of. Then write a script for a commercial in which you work to convince your audience.
Remember that being convincing is not just about focusing on getting what you want or a version of what you want. Being convincing involves taking the time to figure out how other people think and feel. How can you make them care about your product or idea? How can you help them imagine how cool it is?
You should also develop in your script a clear sense of a beginning, middle, and end of your commercial. What story do you want to tell that will help your commercial be convincing?
And an added challenge: try to incorporate SUMMER into your commercial!
Write your script in your Writer’s Notebook. Then perform your commercial live, or record your commercial to share it with others. Try to make your commercial 30-50 seconds.
Have fun! And send your creations along to share with other Inksters!