Jennifer Serravallo's The Writing Strategies Book offers help for all steps in the writing process, and while it is intended for grades K--8, we find ourselves turning to it regularly to find new ways of thinking, refining, and sharpening our own writing. Have you made a goal of writing more over the summer? Is it somewhat daunting? overwhelming? terrifying?
Silence the "it's no good" voice: Be aware of a voice in your head that keeps you from starting (or continuing) your writing. Write without stopping the pencil or pen. When you hear the voice urging you to stop, silence it. Redirect your energy back to the page.
Make a plan for writing time: Think about the project you're working on, and what you want to accomplish. Speak a promise aloud, or jot down a quick list in the margin of your page to identify what your plans are for yourself as a writer today. Check in on your plans as you go.
Make it a habit: Create a habit of writing regularly, perhaps by promising yourself a certain amount of writing each day, done at a consistent time, created in a consistent place. Give yourself a challenge. Chart your progress.
Be Realistic: If you're feeling a writer's block, it may be because you have an expectation for what you're going to make that is unrealistic. Say to yourself, "I'm going to write the best I can today, and that is good enough for now." When you've written, you can go back to see how you'd like to make it better.
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Jennifer Serravallo is the author of New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular Heinemann titles, including Teaching Reading in Small Groups; Conferring with Readers; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K–2 and Grades 3–6. Her newest book is The Writing Strategies Book.