I have decided to jump toes first into TeachersWrite, a virtual summer writing camp for teachers and librarians hosted by Kate Messner. As part of this challenge, my goal is to write every day (and make an effort to post nearly as often). Wednesdays at camp are about Questions & Answers with writer-mentors. So, I’ve decided to do my own version of reflection here. I have loads of quotes from writers just waiting to be harvested. When I first heard Katie Wood Ray speak, she talked about keeping the inspirational words of writers on index cards to teach from. Wednesday posts throughout the summer will be my version of those index cards.
A writer’s words:
“I don’t know why, but if I’m working on a book, it will cause ideas for two more. I’ve currently got 130 ideas for books. I’ll never catch up.”
What I can learn from these words:
Writing causes new ideas.
It is okay to have ideas I don’t ever write about—my writing territories list is not a “to do” list, but rather a list of writing possibilities.
How I might approach this teaching point with my 8th graders in writers’ workshop:
As you write today, notice new ideas that bubble to the surface of your mind. Be intentional about recording these ideas—add them to your list of writing territories.