Saturday, January 30, 2016

Celebrate

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Join me in sharing celebrations this week over at Ruth's blog!

This week I celebrate writing...MY writing. The fact that I AM WRITING again. 

You've seen the hashtag #EDtime2wrt, haven't you.  I don't know why I first clicked on it to see what it was, but I did.

I don't know why this hashtag has motivated me to write again. But it did.

I believe with my whole being that if you are going to be a teacher of writers, you have to be a teacher who writes. So I am.

This week I have written along with my students... 
  • 6 word memoirs: Indecision is my new middle name
  • Twitter stories: (Oops. Wrote this on my white board and don't have it to share)
  • Writing Prompts: My favorite was 10 Best Things About a 2 Hour Late Start
I have also written blog posts--this is my 3rd of the week. I was feeling bad about neglecting my blog.  I'd have ideas for posts but just didn't write them.  The thing is, I require my Creative Writing 2 students to write three posts a week. Why wasn't I?  

This quote, lifted from the writing autobiography of one of my favorite students (and not just because she brings me chocolate) has kept me going this week. The quote isn't hers, but I can't find anyone to attribute it to.  

"Real writers don't write to be rich or famous. 
Real writers write because otherwise their heads would explode."

I'm feeling like that this week. I just keep writing everything down because I certainly don't want my head to explode.

15 comments:

  1. I love that quote too! Plus let me reiterate, your voice was missing, so glad you are back sharing your view of life. That's well worth a celebration!

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    1. Thanks, Elsie. I missed my writing tribe. It's good to hear from you

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  2. I've missed you too, about your family life, Chloe, and about your students. So glad you've decided that writing is important again.

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    1. Thank-you, Linda, I've missed you too! Something was off in my universe, and it's connecting with my blogging friends. I need this outlet!

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  3. I love that quote. And I love what Katherine Applegate said at this year's ALAN workshop. She said, "Have you ever met a well-adjusted writer?" I don't think writing makes people mal-adjusted. I just think that writers know they NEED writing as their outlet to make sure their head doesn't explode :)

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    1. Exactly! I have always needed to write. Sometimes, life gets in the way for a bit, and then I get lazy. Pretty soon I'm not happy about my life and I write. And all of sudden, things are better. Amazing how that works...

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  4. Oh, so glad to read your posts again, Deb. Welcome back!

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    1. Thanks, Tara. I just have to think of myself and writing like I'm one of my students. I may have to grade myself!

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  5. I adore that quote! I think it's the same with artists.

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    1. It's the reason I started this blog in the first place--to give myself a place to write. This week has already been calmer just because I took a few minutes each day to write.

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  6. Hey World! The amazing Deb Day is writing again!! I love when a little nudge motivates and rejuvenates. So glad you are back sharing YOUR stories! **And the world cheers!**

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    1. I don't know about amazing...but thanks for cheering me on. You also left a comment awhile back that motivated me. So thanks for that!

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  7. YAY!!! The #EdTime2Wrt has been powerful for me too!! So glad you're back! :)

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  8. Deb, good for you that you are back on track with your writing. Maybe this gallery will be the one that you and your students' write about winter (invite can be found in #celebratelu post) http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2016/01/celebrating-messiness-of-storms.html

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  9. Thanks for the new hashtag. It's good to have a spot to talk about writing.

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