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This week I am sharing a poem about a topic that I am drawn to and write often about. Having a list of magnet topics can be a great tool to help you jump start your writing. It can also serve as a sounding board to help you figure out what you really want to say.
Birds are a magnet topic for me because I find myself writing about them over and over again in different ways. All sorts of birds live in my notebook, but one of my very favorites is the chickadee.
Invitation to Write:
Writers often return to topics they care about again and again. Topics are never used up. We can always find something new to say about our magnet topics. Often times, we can count on these go-to topics whenever we feel stuck and can't decide what to write about. Try using one of your magnet topics as a spring board to get your writing flowing today. Stretch yourself to write about your topic in a way you have not done before. Magnet topics can help you attract all kinds of new words and ideas down on paper!
2/10/2017 02:17:23 am
Lovely. We don't have chickadees in Australia but this reminded me of the chittering chattering willy wagtails that visit me very day.
2/10/2017 07:42:31 am
I love coming here and not only reading your poetry, but reading your invitations to write. I can always find a way to jump start my writing - so thank you for that! The rhythm of your poem matches the "sprightliness" of these birds. It makes me wish spring was just a little bit closer.
2/10/2017 08:42:36 am
I like the idea of magnet topics. I hadn't much thought of it before, but I do have those go-to topics that I can count on. For me, it is chickens. Since obtaining my own flock, I am fascinated by all things chickens. They might even be as friendly as that chickadee in a tree!
2/10/2017 08:46:52 am
I love the chickadees, too. They look dapper, like they are wearing little superhero tuxedos. :-)
2/10/2017 09:16:35 am
Oh how I love chickadees! They have such cheeky personalities - we have a local bird sanctuary where you can feed the birds, and it's so much fun to watch them dart here and there.
2/10/2017 09:45:39 am
I find it interesting that I've read so many SOL and PF posts about birds this week, even wrote one myself. Chickadees! I loved saying their name when I was a kid, still do :) . Love, love, love "Magnet Topics." I must use that!
2/10/2017 10:00:16 am
I love birds too, perhaps especially crows, and have written about them often, but each morning I hear those chickadees bright and early, greeting the day. Thanks for this "sprightly" poem, Kiesha.
Kiesha, I can just see those chickadees up in your tree. We too have a tree that houses chickadees, but they rarely sit still. My they are busy, flying, swinging around branches, hanging upside down for a second, peck, peck, and taking off again. I like your idea of revisiting favorite topics.
2/10/2017 04:02:59 pm
Huh! I've never heard that term, magnet topic, before. Never really thought about it either. You ALWAYS give me something new to ponder. Thanks for that. Chickadees. They are such happy little guys and girls. I can't help but to smile when I see them and read your poem. Delightful as ... a chickadee!
2/10/2017 04:37:52 pm
I love chickadees and have written about them as well. Your poem is lovely. I especially like: "They chitter and chatter with me." I also like the idea of magnet topics, we all have them! : )
Mary Lee Hahn
2/11/2017 04:23:07 am
I like the idea of "magnet topics." I'll borrow that term and use it with my students!
2/12/2017 02:39:51 pm
Thanks for your lovely poem on the Chickadee Kiesha. Yes I can just picture them all there chattering away to each other, and it would be a fun poem to illustrate too!
2/12/2017 09:59:27 pm
Kiesha, the term magnet topic is new to me but I like it. The word chickadee was a word of endearment that I used when speaking about and to my daughter when she was little. Your poem is sweet.
4/22/2018 09:03:34 pm
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Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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