Comments make the writer
‘The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.’
Ursula K. Le Guin
Over at 100 Word Challenge the young authors know that comments make the writer. They feed like hungry fish on the words and ideas from the visitors that stop and read their work and leave their comments.
Creating young authors
This year has seen a great change in 100WC. No longer do schools need a blog. No longer do students need to check their links and no longer do those folks who have offered to comment on their work need numbers and a grid. The challenge is now hosted over at the Night Zookeeper site which is a fantastic menagerie of games, stories and animals that the youngsters love. They write using the writing tool which is just like a word document. They have support with word banks and punctuation reminders and just like before this is where their posts are displayed for the world to comment.
This is where YOU come in!
As I said, it is very easy to leave a comment.
It is so easy and you can do it on your ipad, PC or your phone. You can do it on the bus, in the study or while you are sitting on the settee. You can do a few each evening but above all
You will be making a difference!
If you are a regular visitor here, you are likely to be a blogger. An author. Remind yourself how it feels when someone leaves you a comment. Got it? Now imagine how you would feel if you were 7 years old, 11 years old, 15 years old. Comments make the writer because it gives the students the motivation to keep going. You are their audience and the reason for them doing their very best work.
Do come back and report on your experience as a commenter. How does it feel to be so special?