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Window Inkspiration


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Hello Inksters!

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:



Christmas Inkspiration

  • 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!

Kwanzaa Inkspiration

  • 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!

Anytime Inkspiration

  • 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!


thINK thursday: Write through Laughter



On this thINK thursday, take some time to laugh.

Yes, laugh! According to this graphic, there are so many benefits to laughing. Two aspects of laughter that we’ll tune into today: (1) Laughter is a mind-opening activity, and (2) it can also improve memory.

So today, write through laughter. Here are two ideas to help you start:

  • Try this: Laugh. Really laugh. Don’t just sit and think about laughing. Laugh in all the different ways you can laugh. Then label each kind of laugh. I, for one, love a good deep down, can’t hold back belly-laugh! Explore the language you can use to describe these laughs. Think about how particular laughter feels as it makes its way through you. How does it sound? Take time to listen to yourself laugh and then record the experience of doing so in your journals. Creating an audio recording would be great, too. Then you could play back your laughter and really listen even more closely to it.
  • And this: Close your eyes and think back to a moment that made you laugh — from glee, from discomfort, from a joke. Write down all that you remember about that moment. Recreate the moment on the page for yourself — or for others to enjoy the moment as well. Allow that laughter and that moment to ring from the page.

Here’s to lots of laughter and writing! And remember to share some of your laughter on this site.