The industrialism says, “Create a system. Work the system. Then you’ll be productive.” For the writer that means write 3,000 words every day for the next two years. Then you’ll have a published novel and the beginnings of a writing career.

Kindergarten says, “Paint something pretty with your fingers. Then give it to your mom to hang on the fridge.”

Finger Paint by Nathan Jones

Yesterday’s post tended toward the Industrialism design. In my best bossy voice, “It doesn’t matter what you write, as long a you’re being PRODUCTIVE. So get back to WORK, pissant.”

Sometimes a writer who’s acting a little bit too much like a kindergartener needs that.

However, today is Saturday, and on Saturdays we break rules.

The Child in You

Finger paint. Glitter. Crowns made of construction paper.

What appeals to children? And more importantly, what appeals to the kindergartener in you?

Here’s the story. On Thursday, I had just finished one writing project, and I was considering what I would work on next. Then I had a miraculous thought, “What would my kindergarten self want to create?”

An image immediately flashed before me of a line of poem “sprouting” from the ground like a vine, wrapping itself upward like it was climbing a tree.

I typed it in a frenzy on my typewriter, cut the poem out into long strips of paper, and scotch taped it into a vine.

It turned out pretty well. Of course it did, because children create fascinating things.


Today, write like a kindergartener.

Ask yourself, “What would a child like to write?” And when you think of something, write it.

This is a fifteen minute exercise. Go.

(When you’re done, don’t forget to hang it on the fridge… uh, I mean post it in the comments. I’m not your mom, but I do want to see what you wrote.)

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).