Staring at a blank page (or screen) can be brutal.
I know this to be true in my head.
But I recently experienced this in my body
for the first time in a long time.
I was unproductive and unmoored.
I was restless and distracted.
I didn’t have a plan (read: a list of writing projects) for moving forward.
I was surrounded by a cluttered desk
and a cluttered mind
that refused to settle on one idea long enough to start writing.
So, instead I rustled papers
I opened and closed tabs
I checked email (I did respond to a few!)
I tried (unsuccessfully I might add) to figure out how to transfer a note from my Notes app into a Google Doc folder
and, then, the writing time was up.
So, let me unpack this.
I always start a writing session with a list of writing projects that I want to focus on.
Next, I choose what I’m going to start with first.
Then, if I have more time, I move on to something else.
This time, I had no plan.
I thought I could just open up a blank page in my Google Drive and go from there.
After all, I’ve been writing every day.
I should have a bank of ideas from which to choose.
I am Super Teacher Writer!
What I’m describing sounds like a simple fix, I know.
But simple fixes aren’t always easy to see in the moment.
But they are learning opportunities.
My students will benefit from the fact that I am a teacher-writer
because I will continue to share my struggles with writing
and the strategies I have identified
as powerful ways to keep me writing
Cross posted to The Two Writing Teachers Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge.