Modeling the Masters
Young artists can learn a lot about art by studying the work of famous painters. And you can learn a lot about writing by studying the work of your favorite authors. When you come across sentences that you especially like, try writing a sentence of your own following the author’s pattern. This process is called “modeling.”
Guidelines for Modeling
- Find a sentence (or short passage) that you especially like.
- Select a subject for your writing.
- Follow the author’s pattern as you write about your own subject.
- Build your sentence one small section at a time.
One Writer’s Experience
Cayla enjoys Roald Dahl’s stories, so every once in a while she tries to write like him. Here is a sentence from Dahl’s book Danny the Champion of the World:
Grown-ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.
Here is Cayla’s sentence about her own subject, but modeled after Dahl’s writing:
Cats are peculiar pets, full of sleepiness and craziness.