SOLC 1 of 31: Write Like Nobody is Reading

Each year, at the beginning of the school year, I go into the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms at my school to talk about using a writer’s notebook. And each year, I write them a poem to keep in their notebook as inspiration for the year.

This year, I wrote the poem, “Write Like Nobody is Reading” inspired by the saying, “Dance like nobody is watching,” to help my students remember not to filter or edit their ideas before they write them.

For this challenge, it’s a good reminder to just WRITE! It’s the advice that I give to others who are doing this challenge – don’t worry about whether it’s good or perfect, just WRITE!

Write Like Nobody is Reading

Like nobody
Is reading.

Your voice
And thoughts
Are purest without
Filters or edits.

Go with your passion.
Follow your ideas.
Let them lead you.

Take risks.
Try something new.
Be unique and

Embrace writing
As a way
To extend yourself
And share your

Use pictures,
Quotes and

Like nobody
Is reading.


  1. caroline524 said,

    March 1, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I love the way you used the quote as an inspiration. It is a great non-intimidating way to show the process as a list and as a reminder of what writing should be.

  2. Tinderella said,

    March 1, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    this is great advice, the blank page can be so intimidating and BLANK – waiting to be filled, DAUNTING –

  3. sgeijer said,

    March 2, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Ahhh…what a beautiful piece! Simple, but so poignant! Such a fun way to draw littles into a love of writing in their writer’s notebooks!

  4. litcoach09 said,

    March 2, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for the inspiration through your poem. I tried this challenge 4 years ago and didn’t make it very far. It’s scary and fun and exciting and nerve-wracking. But I can do it this time! I can write like nobody is reading. I’ll keep that thought in my head each night as I write.

  5. March 2, 2018 at 12:56 am

    I love this poem! It will definitely give me inspiration and motivation in the days to come. Thanks!

  6. Tricia Mac said,

    March 2, 2018 at 1:16 am

    ❤️ mentor texts and this is clever! I found myself revising as I was writing and forgetting my next sentence. I stopped and took the advice I give my own students, “Write your thoughts, THEN revise.” Thank you for the well-written advice.

  7. March 2, 2018 at 1:21 am

    As a first year slicer, I read this poem before I wrote my post and it was really inspiring to read. It was a good reminder that writing is expression not judgement

  8. March 2, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I am so excited for this challenge! I love your poem and I definitely tend to write what is on my mind. This will be so rewarding and fun!

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