Last night I drank way too much caffeine way too late at night.
Nottired. Can’tsleep. It’soneinthemorning. Whyaremythoughtscomingsofast?
With my eyes wide open I had to busy myself. Because I already went on a cleaning-spree the night before there was only one thing left to do…
Writer’s Notebook Time!
What was going to be a quick story about my trip to Dallas last fall turned into a very long story about the expectations of the trip and the reality of what actually happened on the trip.
But honestly, with a group like this, there are hours of potential writing:
When I wrote the story, I thought I was being clever and funny but I haven’t reread the story yet. Chances are when I reread it won’t actually be funny at all.
The second piece of writing I did while caffeine-infused turned into an awkward note to my roommate:
The good news is that I thought it was funny at the time and after rereading it, it’s still funny. And more awkward than I had initially thought.
Needless to say after writing those two “pieces” (if you can call them pieces) I decided to lay down the pen before I did something totally irrational.
The writer’s notebook is a place to collect these crazy, caffeine-influenced pieces of writing.
Maybe when I reread my Dallas story I’ll find a way to turn it into a publishable piece or share it with my future students or use it to influence a lesson, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
This past week in my English Methods course we’ve been discussing and brainstorming the purpose of our writer’s notebook.
What transpired are well-written blogs by my classmates:
- Maggie is starting “Sharing Sunday” where she will share something from her writer’s notebook each week.
- Reba writes a blog about using the writer’s notebook as a teaching tool to get into “teacher mode.”
- Nikki blogs about her struggle to share pieces from her writer’s notebook.
The writer’s notebook is a place to enjoy writing, become frustrated with writing, use as therapy, and use for professional development.
I love having a place to keep all of my awkward #bathroomconvos (now I just need to figure out how to relate that to professional development…thoughts anyone???).
I’m starting to see the significance and purpose of my writer’s notebook. And I like it.
But next time no caffeine after six.