“You should come to Saugatuck’s book book club about Joy Write with me next week” my friend Jess said to me last summer.
There were 2 problems with this idea… 1) I have never heard of the book let alone read it and 2) I don’t teach at Saugatuck. But I found myself saying “sure” anyways.
I drove with Jess and her baby Rose to Dawn’s house for the meeting with a journal in hand. Jess had brought her copy of Joy Write with her so I skimmed it while on the short drive. Little did I know my journey as an adult writer was about to begin.
Since that summer day I’ve read the book (of course) and gone to many meetings of this Joy Write club. One of the biggest take aways for me was that in order to teach writing, I need to be a writer myself…something I’ve never done or felt. In my classroom this year, I’ve tried to write with my students at least once a week. It’s really hard to step back and not watch every second of what they are doing and just write myself but I’ve found it to be a good teaching tool. My students are starting to see me as a writer. Someone who struggles but knows it’ll work itself out.
Dawn and Jess have encouraged me to do this SOL challenge to push myself. To see the world with the eyes of a writer. If I’m honest, 31 days of writing is extremely daunting. I’ve journaled now for over a year but blogging for others to see, that’s a whole new ball game. But I’m excited (and nervous) to see where this all takes me. I’ll let you know how I’m feeling 31 days from now.