Today my favorite quote on writing is this one attributed to James Michener.
I’ve had a lot of emotions lately. Chaotic, confusing, crippling emotions. The kind that freeze action and force reflection.
But time thaws, and the writing of others warms me in ways my own writing often does not. I have found healing in the writings of my friend and colleague Amber lately. So raw and real and poignant.
I share her most recent post here. (An interesting mentor text idea: Choose an age and write about it.)
I think about the work of writing and teaching writing a lot — more often than I actually write. I need to change that. Find my groove. Free my soul within the swing and the swirl of my pen. Stop thinking I can only write research-based pieces or tips on this blog. I need to walk my talk and just write — more. Period.
What do you think? Could we all use a little writing inspiration? Could we all write a little more, strengthen a few mental muscles?
I’m thinking if I do, perhaps everything that’s sent me into a spin lately will spin into something else entirely.
Writing can do that. That much I know.
Amy Rasmussen teaches English IV and AP Language & Composition in North Texas. She recently moved homes, trading one cluttered mess for another, which does nothing for her need for order and simplicity. You can find her searching websites for minimalist living and selling So. Much. Stuff. on Facebook Marketplace when she isn’t trying to prep her students for graduation or the looming AP English exam. For tweets, follow @amyrass