Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. "'Tis some visiter," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber dooró Only this, and nothing more."


Vocabulary Sheet
Gathering Ideas - building vocabulary

Read as much as you can about Ravens and Crows and create a vocabulary list.

Most authors keep writing notebooks and visual scrapbooks with material that they have gathered. A writing notebook is a bit like a compost bin with layers of rich ingredients to fertilize your writing. Remember that you cannot write without some knowledge of a subject.

Jot down ideas as they come to mind and make a vocabulary list of any words and phrases that capture your imagination. Go out and watch some crows in their natural habitat and make more notes. Find some images of these graceful birds and paste them alongside your vocabulary list.

Do some sketches. Let the ideas drift in on wings and simmer for awhile. Make a substantial list of words that you can use. Here are a few to get you started.

metallic black feathers
raucous, mischievous
Suspicious and confident beasts 
Steadily on jagged wings 
Feathers black against a burning sky
Spread your wings and ride the wind 
Feathers spread wide, leaning into the wind, beak raised to the sky. 

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