Wow- Day 11 already! First, I’m so proud of myself for making it this far. I am quite the perfectionist and am going to make myself write all 31 days, no matter how difficult it is to come up with a writing topic.
I’ve been following Two Writing Teachers for over a year now, so I’ve been aware of the challenge. Initially, I had no interest. I though there was no way that I could write for 31 days straight, even if I wanted to make my writing public, which I did NOT.
Things changed this semester, though. I’m taking a graduate course on writing instruction and assessment. I’m learning more about writing, and more about myself as a writing. I’m realizing that if I really want to be a good teacher of writing, then I need to be a practitioner of writing too. I knew this about reading, but until now it hasn’t really clicked about writing.
One of my assignments this term was to try writing in two unfamiliar genres. I chose poetry as one, but I also chose blogging. I’ve been intrigued about blogging, but didn’t really see a purpose- who would want to read about my life, my thoughts? Knowing that the SOLS Challenge was coming up, I thought it was the perfect opportunity and motivation to get me writing. So far, so good!
I’m quite surprised by how often I think about writing now. Some days I know exactly what I’m going to write about, because I’ve been thinking about it all day. I also find myself in situations where I think “I could write about this.” That said, I’ve already hit some days where I sit for quite a while not knowing what in the world to write. I’m exhausted and writing is one of the last things on my mind. Finding a topic and writing, though is refreshing, even when I’m exhausted. It’s been a great way for me to communicate my thoughts and feelings, and I like the pseudo-anonymity.
I’m looking forward to the next 2/3 of the month. I know they will bring challenges, but I also hope to see myself grow as a writer- especially in confidence. I want to be a model for my students and I feel like this is a great starting point!