Today is a day of being stuck! I took care of tasks earlier today – check email, check on the deck to see if it is still in the sun ( can’t seal it yet), laundry, photo of the day to the neighborhood blog, clean out the car from the trip to my Mothers, check Facebook, check e-mail … You get it I am everywhere but sitting with my computer writing. I have carried a notebook with me all day but no pen or pencil. I am participating in the great “I will get around to it” Avoidance for a writer to so easy to come by.
I finally have settled down to reading the posts of other Slicers and found Worthless Words by Donna Smith (http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/2012/07/worthless-words.html). She was also wondering about writing today but set she herself down and began writing. What a great example of the wonderful writers phrase “just write”.
It is always a wonder to me when I sit down to write and words are there. We borrow, we steal, we rearrange our experiences to help us see the world from new perpectives. Writing is a wonder to me.
The other influence today that has me writing is the little book call Steal Like An Artist by Kleon. He also speaks of bring ideas together. His words are ” you are a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences.” It is this mashup that helps us find new things to think about and to say. We restate and revise and redo all the time.
My wondering is
- do I give room from my students to wonder around until they can find their words,
- do I let them read and review to find motivation for their writing
- do I help them see that writing is a “mashup” of ideas
- do I give them room to be authentic writers ???
My goal for this year – help my students and my self be comfortable in an authentic writers process- to use the phrase ” just write” but remember we need the experiences of life, and reading to help us write. We can not write in a vacuum and neither can our students.