Where Writing Ideas Live by Daven Carlson



So here I am, writing a monthly column about what is absolutely the hardest thing for me about writing: finding inspiration.


Who am I to think I am one to write insightfully about that which confuzzles me with my own writing to no end?


I tell my kids (currently 108 eighth-graders) that perhaps the most challenging aspect of writing is coming up with ideas.


I should know -- I live and breathe this struggle every day as a teacher-writer.


And every day that I ask my students to write, I provide them an “idea of the day”, just in case their own free-writing is sputtering and stalling or they’re in between pieces.


Huh.

Me, the Idea Guy.

How ironic.


When it comes to my own writing, boy oh boy, do I sputter and stall. I spend a lot of time not thinking of ideas, but thinking about how impossible it is to come up with ideas.


I look out across the classroom at all those