Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Letter to Myself

June 1, 2012

Hi Scaredy Cat,
Today your lurking on Twitter has paid off!  You found this little online thing called Teachers Write, didn't you, and you think it is an easy way to play at writing.   It looks like fun and you know that some amazing authors will be participating, too.  How exciting for you!!

While it sounds like great summer fun, let me warn you:

This is only the beginning.

Yes, you start off strong, participating in every mini-lesson and gathering momentum.  You share some of your early writing.  Cool!  You have the opportunity to ask Real Authors their advice about writing. Awesome!  You even share your writing at a pool party live on Spreecast after hours and hours and hours of technical difficulties. (Hours!) You write thousands and thousands of words!  THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS!  Yippee!!

But then you get stuck.  You struggle.  You cry.  You think about giving up.  What you don't realize, though, is that you can't.  I know you are nervous, but I also know your heart.  You have courage and you are just persistent enough, ok stubborn enough- remember those technical difficulties (ACK!) - but I'm trying to give you some encouragement here - so KEEP GOING.

Because at the end of these 10 weeks, there is another beginning.  School is right around the corner, but now you can see other possibilities.  Yes.  You will keep writing.  You will get stuck, and you just might cry, and you will write more.

So as you create your cute little Teachers Write blog with a swirly orange background and a festive font, remember this:  You are a writer.  Yes, you.  Are.

Now write.

You (and Me), your BFF and Worst Critic, all rolled up in a smile.


  1. Let me know when you aren't getting stuck and crying, and then I will let you know that you're doing it wrong.

    Thanks for taking the HOURS! to connect to our party. And all summer.

    Here's to a wonderful school year.

    xox gae

    1. And thank you, thank you, thank you for everything that you have done to support all of us this summer!

      :) Kristin