Because they are that good.
Awhile back I encouraged some of you to make lists when you get stuck, the "I can't think of anything to write about" moments. You took it to heart and WOW - you are creating some incredible lists. (More on that later)
Here's what I re-learned by reading your notebooks:
A list, like a free-write, allows to us write without editing.
A list allows us to create.
A list helps us see what is important.
We use lists all the time in our non-writing lives. To-do lists, grocery lists, chore lists, gift lists, etc.
The lists in our writing notebooks become poetry.
Take a look. See how far we've come in two months:
Old list (September notebook entries)
Kind of dull, right?
New lists (November notebook entries)
Things that are brown
my uniform after Sunday's game
the grass of the Town Green after the fair has gone past
our garden - the season over - ready for winter
Tuesdays. They're worse than Mondays. Tired and no hope left.
my sister's eyes
my grandmother's coat - minus the lint
the world after Christmas - empty, waiting for snow
The second list gives us images, feelings, and ideas to explore in our writing.
Go. Make a few lists.
Let your thoughts flow freely; see where they take you.