Daily warm up: You’re confined to your bed for three months due to a serious illness. What do you miss, and what’s the first thing you’ll do once they let you outside?
Today is our second day of contract writing! Just a few things to think about as we get started.
First, this is hard. I can give you all kinds of mini-lessons, but the first time I set you free and say “start writing,” it can feel nerve wracking and weird and hard. Those are normal feelings because this is the one part I actually can’t “teach.” Writing is hard. The only way to learn to do it is to… do it.
- Lasts for a limited time frame (usually five minutes for classroom purposes)
- Focuses on a specific element of craft or a specific part of the piece
- Starts with a real question the writer has
- Gives the writer some specific ideas, approaches or critique to address
- Emphasizes structural elements like plot, character, and style (vs. line editing)
It is NOT a conference if you put your name up on the board and say “can you read this and tell me what you think?”