Make a writing plan for your summer and for your school year.
This is the first summer I will not be attending the Reading and Writing Institute at Teacher’s College, the first summer I had already set aside for writing (I have a picture book in the works!)…so I feel that I had already carved out a summer plan – write, write, write! I had imagined that my “work time” this summer (i.e. at my desk) would be divided between writing and revising my curriculum plans to reflect the Common Core Standards. Those two things, and all the stuff I already blog about (Reading wrap up on Mondays, Slice of Life on Tuesdays, Social Studies Wednesdays, and Poetry Fridays). Whew!
Some other thoughts, as prompted by Kate’s first assignment:
1. What you found that you might be able to cut out of your schedule or cut back on to make time to write.The news – in this crazy election season, I find myself obsessively checking the news. This will have to take a back seat. I’ll still do my part with phone banks and all when the time comes, but I can definitely give up this constant “taking of the news pulse” – it will reduce my stress level, for sure!
2. When you’ll be writing each day & for how long. Remember to be realistic. 15 minutes is fine to start.Now that I’ve cleared my summer schedule, I want to increase my writing stamina – I’m thinking of two hour chunks, with kid/chore breaks in between. For the school year beyond, I’ll have to return to what I do now – late at night chunks of time, when I am left uninterrupted by everyone, including the dog!
My desk, surrounded by books and pictures and quotes by favorite writers. Another favorite writing spot is on the front porch and patio when the weather is glorious.
Well, I have not had the chance to do this yet…but, there is time!