When I was in elementary school, I was awesome at long division.
Eager to demonstrate my division awesomeness, I would happily work on any long division problem my teacher would write out. The more numbers, the better. I KNEW long division and KNEW I was good at it because I got the right answer. It was pretty black and white.
Writing though? Writing was another story.
I never really felt competent as a writer in the same way that I felt about my long division skills.
I thought I was an okay writer, but not a great writer.
I didn’t know what I had to do to become great at writing in the same way that I had become great at long division.
I thought there were some secrets about how to become a great writer that I wasn’t be told. If I could just learn these secrets, it was like a switch would flip and I would instantly be a writing success.
Do you ever feel that way? Like there are secrets to writing that you are not being told so you hold back your writing life until you can figure those tips out?
How about your students? Are they looking for some insider secrets before they feel competent in their writing? Before they can say, “I am a writer”?
Well, lean in, because I’m about to share something important that I’ve discovered…
When it comes to becoming a good writer, there is no such thing as perfection. There is only progress.
Good writing happens when you write.
And write again. And again.
The more you write, the better writer you become. The more you figure