Monday, 23 June 2008

Daily Writing

While I easily encourage my own children and students to write on a daily basis, I seem to hold a double standard for myself. Yesterday, I was reading Daniel Pink's blog. You can find his link on my blog roll. He reminded me how critical it is to read and write daily. It's easy for me to read every day. I can't put down the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers. It is more challenging for me to sit and write than it is to sit and read. There's something so intimidating about the blank page. Daniel Pink (just like many, many others) encourages people to write daily. So here I am.

I'm happy to report my children are writing daily on email. It's such a meaningful context. At the cottage, they are away from many of their neighborhood and school buddies. Most of them are able to have access to a parent or personal email. I am already imagining them using tokbox. I just read about it yesterday. It's a free video person to person interface. I immediately signed up, neglecting to take into consideration that I lacked a camera on my laptop. Oops! This was a little oversight. So, until camera's are more prevalent on computers and the computers of friends we know I guess we will have to keep using our writing skills to email and chat.

1 comment:

Sarah Amick said...

I am reading currently Aimee Buckner's book, Notebook Know-how. I don't know how much of the stuff will be for my 2nd graders but for me as a writer it has been tremendous. You know as your are reading the Twilight series you could be practicing your "response to literature!"
Anyhoo, Aimee Buckner is really challenging me as a writer currently. I am writing daily, something, and she encourages something called the daily pages. This is where you write meaningless stuff about your day in hopes that you will soon be entering more meaningful stuff.
Great questions Sarah because I too have been in a pit of despair when it comes to the writing department.
Sometimes I really feel like I have to fill up with reading and then I am able to write. Allow yourself to write stuff that only means something to you and noone else.