Day 34


Happy Independence Day!  I hope you can enjoy today with family and friends and give thanks to those who have fought for us and this gift of independence we have.  It is easy to take for granted.

I read a blog post recently about running out of creative steam.  It compared creativity to a rain barrel. When you are creative, the water runs out. As we walk through life, we collect emotions, observations, and experiences that fill our barrel back up.  The post suggested four ways to refill your barrel.

1.  Read.  We all know that writers need to read.  When writers read, they are able to study how other authors crafted their words on the page.  Reading gives us ideas and thoughts that we can explore with writing.

2.  Reset.  The author talks about applying yourself to another craft or hobby that has nothing to do with writing.  This will allow you to give your brain a rest.  We rest in between days of weight lifting to give our muscles a chance to reset.  We need to let our brains reset as well.

3.  Relax.  I love this one.  She says, “Relax is scary because it means this:  Give yourself permission to suck.”  Scary thought for a perfectionist like me.

4.  Rest.  “Stop writing and walk away.”  I think this one is pretty clear.

Here is a link if you would like to read the post yourself.  It is definitely worth reading.  I especially like the quote from Maureen Johnson.  There is a lot of wisdom in this post that I think we would be wise to take and put into our classrooms.

I started out the summer saying I was going to write every day for June and July.  I am not changing that goal.  I am going to write.  I don’t know that I will be posting on this blog every day in July.  I am participating in Kate Messner’s summer writing camp that starts on Monday.  It is not too late to sign up.  Here is the link so you can check it out.

She has a variety of authors that come in to share writing tips. It sounds like an amazing opportunity just to learn more strategies for how to work through getting thoughts and ideas on paper. I can’t wait to see how it works and to try it out!  It will be an perfect way to refill my creativity rain barrel.

What about you?  Will you join me in one of the four R’s today?  Will you step out of your comfort zone and join me at “writing camp” next week?  It’s going to be amazing!

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