Beawriter11.10 These are my first and favorite conversations with writers at the start of a new year. Before we crack into our new notebooks, before the first genre studies begin, we take some time to talk about what it means to be a writer and what it means to live a writer’s life.

Teachers often ask me how I manage to write every day, and I always say that this depends on what people think it means to write every day. Writing is a very complex thing.

It’s also really simple. Most days, I don’t write at length. Instead, I take care to tote my notebooks and sketchbooks around. I snap a lot of pictures on my phone. I doodle around with ideas during my lunch breaks. I guess I can say that I write every day if writing means gathering ideas and kicking them around.

I wonder: how do you make a writer’s life for yourself? I’m working with several groups of elementary teachers who are launching workshops of their own for the very first time this year. I wonder if they are writing. I wonder if they are making a writer’s life for themselves.

Are you a local teacher or writer who is eager for company? Consider joining us at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio. We offer fellowship programs, writing groups, and courses for writers of all ages and walks of life.


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