Writer’s Rest


By Michelle Lynn Senters-

Our title, “Writers Rest” is a an example of a perfect “subject-verb agreement”. Our plural subject (WRITERS) agrees with the plural verb (REST).


A singular subject requires a singular verb. Example: The boy reads.
A plural subject requires a plural verb. Example: The boys read.

Yes, “Writers Rest” is an example of a perfect “subject-verb agreement”, BUT this rule of grammar is not the only reason our title is perfect. Our title is also telling the truth.

WRITERS- meaning you and I
REST- meaning to cease working, put down the pen and put away the paper, stop writing a particular story and open the mind to new ideas

Resting = Creativity

One day a week, I make an effort to stop writing. I purposefully put down the pen and turn off the computer. I stop thinking about the story I am writing and open my mind to new ideas. Why? REST is a writing technique. Writers use REST to rejuvenate their brain and cultivate creativity.

The Mind of a Resting Writer

When I take a break from my work, my thoughts come ALIVE! When I am not thinking about the dialogue, plot, and character development in my latest book, my thoughts focus on NEW IDEAS. Let me give you an example. Yesterday, my family and I went to an arts festival in downtown Colorado Springs. I decided to rest from my work and think like a resting writer. Below are a few photographs of things that inspired me and the thoughts I had about them.

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No writing today! Rest your mind and body. Have fun. Play. Look up. Look down. Look closely at the world. Look for story all around you. Take photos or draw pictures. At the end of the day, write about your new stories ideas so you don’t forget them.


Check-in below in the comment section with your first name, age, and a few of your observations and story ideas. What did you see today that you never noticed before?

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Michelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a Reading Interventionist and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.

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16 thoughts on “Writer’s Rest

  1. Ryan 9 and I noticed that I have rain boots on my clarinet case and that I have a sweatshirt on my chair

  2. I noticed many things already, however the one that really inspired me was the bugs. We are currently up in the mountains and spending a lot of time out doors. My family members collectively in the lat few minutes have killed around 12 bugs because they were being annoying. I got the idea to write a short story from the perspective of a bug. Maybe upon reading it, people would realize that they shouldn’t just murder innocent bugs because we are the superior species, but instead shoo them away and leave their lives intact.

  3. My name is Chloe. I am 9 years old. I noticed that our Computer table has random papers on it.

  4. Kaylie, 13. I noticed how shafts of transparent light stream through the gray storm clouds.

  5. I went to the Albany mall and saw frog in tanks. I thought about what it would be like to be a runaway frog! Haha! I will write a story about that someday!

  6. So I’m Ruthie and I got ideas from playing Minecraft and drawing minecraft fountain blueprints. What if the world was made of blocks? What if zombies, skeleton archers, and giant spiders came out at night? What if you were made of blocks?!

  7. Zsa Zsa, 9.

    Yesterday, well its really a long time ago. But on minecraft when I wanted to trade with a villager I had milk in my hands and it would not trade, so I HIT it and then it turned into a baby one. So if you want a baby mob in minecraft……….. HIT IT WITH MILK!!!!!

  8. Eli 11

    Today on Thursday I realized that I really did not want to watch youtube today. I always watch youtube! :)

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