It's Tuesday and I am joining The Two Writing Teachers in making writing a way of life. Won't you consider joining us?
I was home sick with the stomach bug yesterday. While laying on the couch I kept thinking about picking up a pen and writing my slice for today. Each time I thought about writing I froze: I had no ideas, I couldn't even think of looking holding a piece of paper in my hand, and I wasn't certain I could maintain focus long enough to make sense of anything. Yes, I was sick and I am forgiving myself for not being able to write, but my thoughts made me realize all there is to the writing process. It is not JUST about getting an idea and putting words down on paper, it's also about having the energy to go with an idea, stay the course, and make it all work. Bottom line - writing takes energy. I didn't have that energy yesterday, gosh, I barely have it today as I still feel weak, but my lesson learned is clear: I need focus and enthusiasm and most importantly I need energy to make the writing happen. I think our students need the same. I will dwell on that thought as I go through my day today.