Writers need time and feedback.
As I write this today, I am pressed for time. Can’t there be 25 hours in a day? And a fun-house mirror to make me look thinner wherever I go?
Truth is that writers need to make time to write every day. Teachers need to schedule writing time in their classrooms every day, too. Writers become writers because they WRITE. Ideas need expression. Today I’m planning my visits to a third grade classroom where we will talk about the kinds of feedback writers need as they use their time to write during daily writing workshop.
Today, I am also responding to a novel in progress written by the wife of a former student of mine. Feedback that truly helps to move a writer forward needs to be thoughtful and specific but not overwhelming. Let’s see what the third-graders think is important when we discuss this tomorrow!