For the past several years, I have participated in a reading challenge with Carried Gelson at There is a Book for That. I love making a list of books that I want to read, share the progress, and then celebrate.
But what about those of us who also write? Where are things like this for writers?
Thinking about this, I decided to create a writing challenge for this year, although I wouldn't really call it a challenge. It's more like creating a writing plan, but with the support of a community of writers, much like my Teach Write community. Each day the Teach Write community has a place to share what we write, and I will continue to do that. But I see #letswrite2019 as more of a panoramic view - a bigger picture.
So how about joining me? Where do you want your writing to take you in 2019?
Maybe its writing a certain number of blog posts?
Or finishing a book?
Or trying out a new genre?
Or writing more of what your students are writing?
Or completing a thesis or a dissertation?
Or venturing into professional writing?
Or taking a writing workshop? (Here is link to a good one!)
No matter what your writing list looks like, it is the spirit of the challenge, support from other writers, and the celebration that matter. Pulling goals out of a notebook and putting them into the world can be scary. Who cares what I want to write? And that may be true. When we make our goals and plans public, we create a type of accountability that some of us may want and maybe even need if we want to truly expand our writing life. And having the Teach Write community to cheer us on each day is an added bonus!
Think about what you want to accomplish in your writing life this year. If you would like to share it on your blog, then contact me via Twitter at @Teachr4 or leave a link here in the comments, and I will add you to our #letswrite2019 community.
Don't have a blog? Not a problem. Maybe make an image of your plan and send it to me, and I will include it in the list of participants. Or just write your plan in the comments.
The important, yet optional, part will be celebrating our success. I learned about writing celebrations from Ruth Ayes, the queen of celebrating the small things. So I will have four update posts where we can celebrate together, the big and the small.
First Celebration: March 31st
Second Celebration: June 30th
Third Celebration: September 30th
Final Celebration: December 31st
So what are you waiting for? Let's Write in 2019!
My post is here: My Writing List for 2019
Check out Kendra Limback's plan here: Let's Write
You can find Sarah Valter's post here: #letswrite2019: Refocusing on Writing
Ruth Ayres is joining us here: let's write 2019
Margaret Simon is writing from the bayou: Let's Write 2019
Kali Sosa has joined here: It's all about VISION & MISSION: #letswrite2019
Trina Haase's plan is here: #letswrite2019
Here is Brent Gilson's plan for an "unplan": Plans a #letswrite2019 post
This is also space for those who do not have blogs. Send me your plan and I will post a picture!
Melissa Sawetch's goal:
Hannah Johnson has her goals in her bullet journal: