Day 24 #SOL17 Year 1
I have decided to take a journey with some old friends, “the Donald’s”. This is how some true friends of theirs actually referred to them at NCTE one year. I read their works a long time ago as I was teaching in the classroom. Now, I have decided to return as I try to develop my craft as a writer. A different purpose, eye, and heart.
I am currently reading an article by Donald Murray in a journal, College English (1984). In this article, he asks the reader what is their writing habit and their tool. This made me stop. Do I have a habit? No. Am I using specific tools that I like? No.
However, knowing and doing are entirely two different species for me. I realized that there has been minimal application of the writing knowledge received from books, NCTE conferences, PAWLP which I have gained over the years. And I must confess that I often jump from idea to idea in life, teaching, and learning so my focus is not there. So, now I am going to find time to breathe and put the knowledge to use. Thus, re-enter the writing gods—Murray and Graves.
My tools need to be established. Lately, I have been typing my stories and I am not too fond of this. My fingers cannot keep pace with my thoughts without making and correcting mistakes. I find that using pen and paper is easier for me to reach a flow. I also find crossing out to be cathartic. With typing I am correcting and losing the ‘moment’; maybe due to the fact I learned to type on typewriters. So, my tools will be a Moleskine notebook (which I love—image is everything) and colored pens. They will be my tool. Colored pens are essential because their are days I feel orange and others purple.
Next, the hard part—-the Habit. Donald Murray suggests a line a day and that is how I am going to start. I will not count words or time since I do not respond well to limits. My plan will include a line or even revisit some old material. Pressure, an infamous friend, will appear from time to time, but I am going to make this as pleasurable as possible to see where it may lead. Embarking on my writing journey with my friends, “the Donald’s” begins now. Well, after I go to Target in order to pack my bags with the tools.