In an effort to organize my jumbled thinking, I made a map of my ideas on my dining room floor. My big ideas were audiences, purposes, and topics. Under Audiences, I listed who I wrote for, other than myself, and where my writing would be published. Under Purposes I listed all the reasons I liked to write. I didn’t have anything under topic yet. With the Tuesday SOL deadline looming, I picked cards from my audience and purpose categories which finally helped me to choose my topic. There . . . now wasn’t that easy! Uhhmm, no. At least audience and purpose stopped screaming at me.
|Fred decided to help me out.|
|Roxy joined in the effort to help me |
figure out my topic.
|Starting with audience and purpose helped|
me narrow my topic.
|My husband looked at me and said, "You're not |
gonna leave that all over the floor are you?"