CRAFT STUDIO: THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO BY SOPHIE BLACKWALL
What I was reading:
Things to Look Forward To by Sophie Blackwell is a collection of small and large joys. She acknowledges that there are many big long-term achievements to look forward to but we can also look forward to the everyday things. She describes these as “things that will buoy our spirits and make us laugh and help us feel alive and that will bring others comfort and hope.”
Moves I noticed the author make:
The moves can change with every selection! Here is one example:
If we are lucky, when the rain has stopped and a fine mist hangs in the air, sunlight might enter through tiny droplets, bend as it hits each surface, bounce off the back wall of the raindrop, and bend again as it exits. And if we happen to be standing facing away from the sun and raising our sights 42 degrees, that refracted, reflected, and dispersed light might form a shimmering rainbow. Then we can make a wish.
- Uses the “if, and, then” format
- Descriptive wording – “tiny droplets/shimmering rainbow”
- Repetitive sounds – “bend/bounce/back”
- Uses tiny details – “raising our sights 42 degrees”
- Rule of three – “refracted, reflected, and dispersed”
Possibilities for writers:
- Notice something in the text.
- Name what it is that you noticed.
- Talk about what impact of what you noticed.
- Choose a symbol in your own life and try using this writer’s craft to write about any
- Using the “if, and, then” format, write your own passage of Things to Look Forward to.
- Zoom in a moment to write in descriptive, tiny details.
- Try out the rule of three in a descriptive writing paragraph.