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Planning a
Fierce Wondering

a list of story ideas brainstormed
in one's Writers Notebook

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A "fierce wondering" is an interesting thought that makes you think hard about the world. "Fierce wonderings" happen inside the heads of writers all the time.

If you read any of the Amelia Notebooks by author Marissa Moss, you will find examples of Amelia's wonderings that she writes down in her writers notebook. Many of Amelia's wonderings could be developed into longer pieces of writing.

Ralph Fletcher writes about the importance of writing down your ""fierce wonderings" if you keep a notebook like Amelia does. He writes, "Writing about what you wonder about isn't always as easy as it sounds. It takes honesty and courage" (A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer within You, page 17).

For this assignment, we want you to devote (at least) one page in your writers notebook to interesting things that you wonder about. Throughout the year, when you end up with new wonderings, you'll have a place to record them.

Having the list is just your first step! When your teacher asks you to write and you're not sure what to write about, you'll always have the list to go back to for inspiration!


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If you're struggling to come up with a fierce wondering to begin your notebook's page of wonderings, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

Create a basic Fierce Wondering...Try to add some detail words before you write it down!

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