Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Writing Takes Energy

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.  


  1. I hope you're feeling better. I agree that we need energy to make writing happen. I especially find that I need it when working on a piece that requires ongoing revision. Sometimes it's hard to find the energy to go back and work on that one piece yet again.

  2. Christine,
    Hope you have the energy you need for today. Yes, writing takes energy. But writing also takes that persistence where one writes even "crappy writing" in order to write through and find the "gems" buried deep inside. It's not easy and when we personally know that struggle, it seems easier to help students!

  3. There's almost nothing worse than a stomach bug. I'm impressed that you even considered lifting a pen to write. Yesterday I read somewhere that the best way to begin is to just begin. From that perspective, *deciding* to begin may be the hardest part of writing.

  4. I have this thought ALL THE TIME, and I have so much admiration for the kids who are told to write in a specific place at a specific time every day. THAT'S HARD! I'm glad you're feeling better!