The kindling (experience) has always been there.
The flint (ideas) and stone (desire) were at the ready.
It just required a spark to ignite this blog and bring it to life.
Attending the NCTE Conference in Boston this weekend provided the perfect spark to bring the smoldering writer in me to a blazing blogger.
I had the very good fortune to connect again with Laura Robb and she encouraged me to just write. When she’s not on the road, she disciplines herself to write everyday. I thought about her dedication to the craft of teaching and her contributions to teachers and felt very inspired. Laura had faith in me. I have faith in myself.
In another conversation with Linda Rief, she shared, “The biggest tip I can give them (teachers) is to start to write and read for yourself. So many teachers read, but so many of them don’t write. It’s hard, and it’s risky, but it’s so valuable because the kids really trust you as a writer, when YOU write.” I thought about that exchange for quite awhile. I’m one of those teachers who reads prolifically, but not so much with the writing! Time to change that.
I’ve always been fascinated by writers. I love the backstory of novels and books that I cherish. Whenever I get an opportunity to hear authors describe their craft, their process, their thinking behind the story I am captivated. While at NCTE I had several of those opportunities. I sat in sessions with Kirby Larson (Hattie Big Sky), Barbara O’Connor (Greetings From Nowhere) and Karen Cushman (Katherine, Called Birdy) as they discussed creating story worlds and the incredible degree to which they research their topics to create accurate portrayals of their characters and setting.