It is day one of the Two (plus many) Writing Teachers March Challenge. I am a retired elementary teacher who dreams of finishing the books she has started. Publishing might be nice but it is the writing that I am trying to master. Over the years of teaching writing to young students I have started story after story – all ok ideas for a book, some really pretty good.
But here is where the issue lies -the word started is the key. I expect you know this issue. I start a story as a model for my students writing. They love the beginning, I love my beginning and I promised myself this is the one I will continue to write.
The students go off to write, I get ready for the next math lesson, geography lesson, reading lesson, science lesson and the world spins forward. The story started as a model sits forgotten with all the other stories in my writers journal – that black and white Mead notebook.
This tells you a bit about me. I am story starter. I have great beginnings and I also am pretty sure where I would like the story to end but dog gone it you have to have a middle. The middle is what I am working on this year. I am seeking how to find the middle to my story. An interesting problem and one that will be fun to work on. I hope.
Over the next month as I write daily I hope to also be working on the middle to one of my stories. I will keep you posted.
You will also hear about books I am reading, small groups of students I am working with, and some random thoughts that pop up.
Happy to be here with you! Enjoy the writing everyone!