#ITA17 · professional writing

A Confession

I have a confession to make.

I want to write a book. 
A professional book. 
I think I have a lot to say. 
I think others could benefit from my experience.
After all, I have been an educator for over 30 years.

But, what could I possibly say that hasn’t been said before?
What new knowledge could I add to the table?

Who would even bother to read what I have to say?

These are questions borne of fear.
Fear of not being good enough.
Fear of not being able to complete such a daunting project. 
(At least, that’s what it feels like to me right now.)
Fear that I won’t make time.
Fear that I’ll run out of time.

But, over the last couple of days, I’ve gotten some encouraging words of support from the Innovative Teaching Academy – 
#ITA17 Facebook group. 

  • You can do it!
  • Write for yourself.

But the message that is propelling me forward is this one: 

  • It doesn’t matter how many times something has been said…each time someone else says it, new people hear it…and that’s where you make the difference. (paraphrased from George Couros)
I’m going to write this up 
Put it on the wall above my work space at home.

As a reminder to keep going.
To persevere.
To remember that I have 
something 
important 
to say.
Someone needs to hear it.

Whenever I start to lose hope, 
or my stamina lags behind, 
or the fear comes crawling back, 
I can read this message, 
take a deep breath, 
pick up my pen, 
and keep writing.

That’s the only thing that will save me.