Summer is here. Well, it officially arrives tomorrow at 5:43 P.M. But for me, it started yesterday. I'm taking the rest of the week off. But when next week begins, I'll start my summer writing plan.
Having a summer writing plan is another gratitude I could have listed in my last post. When the stay-at-home order first began in Massachusetts, it wasn't clear the first two weeks what my teaching responsibilities were. So, I found myself with a ton of unstructured time. I was determined not to spend it writing. I found that setting the timer for two-hour chunks really made me poductive.
The funny thing is a friend of mine, who is a full-time writer, was also having trouble concentrating during the pandemic. I told her about the timer trick, and it worked for her, too.
Until I head back to the classroom (fingers crossed), I'm going to split my day into three two-hour chunks. Each chunk of time will be dedicated to one of three tasks.
The first task is to finish a sixty-four page nonfiction picture book draft that I'm working on. Think, Ick!, by Melissa Stewart or What a Waste by Jess French.
The second task is to finish a draft of a middle grade novel. Depending on how you look at it, this is a fifth draft or a first draft because this draft is completely different than the first four drafts.
Finally, I'm working on developing a podcast called Chalk and Ink-many thanks to Loree Griffin Burns for the name. Chalk and Ink will feature teachers who write and writers who teach. I'm looking forward to this new venture.
Have a wonderful summer, and I'll see you in the fall. Happy writing, reading and creating!
Chalk and Ink
Chalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that publishes on Fridays throughout the school year. Learn how teachers who write and writers who teach combine craft moves to create outstanding products for their students and readers. Download Chalk and Ink wherever you get your favorite podcasts.