Posted By John Poindexter

My summer is almost over and I still have not finished editing the novel. Now with a house full, it is harder to find time when I can concentrate to work on it without one of the grandchildren coming in and asking, “What you doing papaw?”


Also my mind is now on going back to work and how to get the students active in their studies while it is still warm outside. Even though most of my students are seniors, and should be the most mature of all high school students, it is still hard to get them motivated because they feel they don’t have to do any work since it is their last year.  Of course, I am there to burst that bubble.


Reading on a writer’s Facebook page, I find that she and I share the use of what I call round-robin writing.  I usually break the class up into groups of three or four and provide the first sentence for them to start their story. I stress they need to try and read only the previous sentence and not the whole thing so that they base their new one off of just the last one. Of course, this doesn’t always work.


When I first started using this writing technique the students did a wonderful job of creating great stories. Now I get obscene, ridiculous sentences that make no sense at all. They want to steal ideas from rap songs and video games, instead of using their own minds to come up with something that is not only appropriate for a school setting, but for the story itself.


As I read over these so-called stories, I wonder about the future and where the next great writers will come from. Will there be any real novels coming out or just regurgitated tales made up from games they play or songs they hear.


Could this will be the year when the writings go back to being original thought and something wonderful to read? (I can dream, can’t I?)


Maybe placing my writing award and pieces of my novel on the wall will inspire some of them to take up serious writing.


Granddaughter just came in for the fifth time today. “Hi papaw, what you doing?” Same answer as before, "I’m writing."


Have a great week and share your thoughts on the next generation of authors.


Sixth time, it is going to be a long day.


Until next time,





1 Comment(s):
Natessa Carbine said...
You make an interesting statement "I wonder about the future and where the next great writers will come from." With movies, tv, ridiculous songs, etc it seems that individual imagination is lacking. Hopefully it'll be found again some day. Hopefully parents will turn off the tv and remove the video game systems and tell the kids "go outside and use your imagination." Maybe then, we'll be reintroduced to some amazing writers. In the meantime, keep doing what you are doing Mr. Poindexter b/c I think you are an amazing teacher and you have always inspired me to write. In fact, I still have some of the stories I wrote in your Creative Writing class. Thanks for encouraging me to use my imagination. I know you will do that/have done that with many other students.
August 5, 2010 11:49:31
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