It’s late, and I’m tired, so linking stuff feels beyond me. But last night I wrote down my homework and got myself ready to participate in a summer of writing with a bunch of other folks. Search #TeachersWrite on Twitter. Search Kate Messner on the Web. I trust you. You’ll find it. Write to prompts, share with others, see what happens.
It already happened, with Monday Morning Warmup, a prompt provided by Jo Knowles. Search for her, too. I trust you. You’ll find it. Cause I’ve got to get this posted and go to bed.
My second book, written after work and between other life stuff over the past couple of years, is currently being edited. My first book was a memoir. This one is middle grade historical fiction. So very different an adventure!! The latest thing my editor and readers indicated is that that the world around my characters needs to be populated in some places, that they are living in isolation and so don’t seem as real as they could.
Then, this morning, I started describing a childhood kitchen, as instructed by Jo Knowles’ prompt. I opened the notebook, picked up the pen, and was so sad to have to stop and leave for work, 4-1/2 pages later, writing madly, ideas flowing, descriptive language leaping onto the page. It makes me feel as if I can give life to those vacant spots, to bring the world of my characters alive for my young readers in the way that I’ve dreamed.
See? It’s already working. I’ve another 4 days with kids at school, so the next few days are crazy, but I have faith that this momentum will continue. I AM excited. I AM inspired. And I’m thankful for those folks who share their passion and skill with others.
Thanks, Kate. And thanks to all the friends you’ve gathered to help us.