Inspire writing with old-fashioned joy

IT’S THAT time of year again–that wonderful back-to-school season when every imaginable school supply is on sale. We can talk all day long about brainstorming techniques and editing methods, but honestly–is there anything more inspiring to a young writer than brand-new writing supplies?

Old-Fashioned Joy

As a child, I loved visiting my grandma and grandpa at their brick apartment building in Chicago. My brother and I were allowed to walk the short block to Simon’s Drugstore at the corner of Roscoe and Broadway, where we’d head straightaway for the school-supplies aisle.

I loved them all: yellow #2 pencils sharpened to a fine point; clean, fat, pink erasers; and pads of crisp white paper that whispered, “Write. Here. Now.” And I grew positively heady over an unspoiled box of Crayola crayons.

Cool School Tools

No one is motivated by a handful of chewed pencil nubs and that pile of last year’s paper remnants. Thriftiness has its place, but a few inexpensive new items can make all the difference for a reluctant writer of any age.

Create a little writing buzz simply by investing in some brand-new school supplies! Hop on over to Target, Office Max, Office Depot, or the dollar store this week—the sales are crazy right now.

  • For mere pennies, you can find colorful pocket folders, assorted mechanical pencils, highlighters, and pretty gel pens.
  • Decorate some juice cans with self-stick paper and fill them with a fresh supply of fine-tip markers or luscious colored pencils.
  • In addition to white notebook paper, brighten up your writing corner with ruled paper in fun pastels.
  • And pick up a handful of spiral notebooks in different sizes for journaling and other writing. You can find them for a quarter at some stores!

Don’t Forget Mom

My love of office supplies hasn’t diminished over the years. I’m a sucker for those miniature Sharpies in rainbow colors, and I still stroll up and down the aisles, drooling over coordinated filing systems and desktop organizers.

Back-to-school isn’t just for students! So tickle your own inner child by indulging in a few goodies for yourself, too.

  • Toss a pack of colored sticky notes, a box of funky paperclips, and some new correction tape into your shopping basket.
  • Grab a package of bright but “not-red” pens for editing your kids’ papers.
  • Round out your writing supplies with an assortment of cheerful stickers or rubber stamps that proclaim a job well done.

The best news is this: You don’t have to spend much at all. With all the great back-to-school sales, for less than $10, you can load up on simple supplies and cool writing tools that will put a sparkle in your children’s eyes and make everyone much more eager for writing time.

What are you waiting for?

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2 comments ↓

#1 JoJo Tabares on 08.17.10 at 7:53 am

I love buying new purple pencils and pens. I have a stack of them to choose from. Even though most of my writing is on my computer. I write outlines and notes with my purple pens with purple ink on my purple notebook. ;D

#2 Kim on 08.17.10 at 8:58 am

I love that, JoJo! Simple things like that just make us happy, don’t they?

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