Today is the first day of #TeachersWrite which is a cohort of lovers of words that are getting together to nudge each other along on their writing journey’s. I was so excited for this day because I have been looking for a community of like-minded individuals (check out Kate Messner and Jo Knowles). I have been sitting on a couple of stories for a while now ( I will not even go into how awhile is). But, there is one that has been nudging me the hardest. It is always there in the back of my mind whispering to me phrases the main character (MC) would say. It pops up in social situations very randomly and I have to fidget around to get out one of my many notebooks to write something down that will be important to the story. The only problem is that I have let life get in the way and I have not sat down to keep writing past the first two chapters. Bits and pieces of other chapters are written but they are not fleshed out. The reader will not understand the true depth of the relationships between the characters. So, this summer along with obtaining photography for my poetry book, I will sit down and continue to write (if not complete) this YA work of fiction. Wish me luck!
OMG! I am so ecstatic about the new community of writers that I have joined. I have been looking for a group of professionals who share the same goals as mine and that is to publish their work and receive feedback on current projects. I am new to Twitter this year and it was one of the best decision that I made as far as social media is concerned (not including Pinterest). Tonight I just wrapped up my first twitter chat with #TeachersWrite. It was the first time that I have ever been involved with something like this and in the same year as my attendance at NVWP.
I believe that it is important to share your dreams, goals, and fears with others that can support you and provide the feedback that you need to excel. For the past couple of years I have been complaining that in addition to my constant procrastination and overwhelming supply of ideas and concepts that never reach fruition, I do not have a community of like-minded individuals. This could be the difference between being unpublished and published for me!
So, what’s the deal with #teacherswrite? It is a summer PD that allows teachers, librarians, and anyone to come together and go through the writing process just as their students would. There are daily prompts and opportunities for feedback on your personal projects. Currently, I am in the process of completing my poetry book and having a difficult time securing a stable photographer. I am also working on a YA novel along with the curriculum for my middle school creative writing summer program (to launch in 2014). Wow! That’s a lot and of course I am in graduate classes online and teach an online course. Let’s not forget my two kiddo’s. Whew!
This is why I tend to procrastinate on the writing (especially the novel) because time slips away from me. So every now and then throughout the course of the summer, I may post some of my responses to the writing prompts here on my blog. Here’s to a wonderful, productive, and creative summer.