Part of my job is to teach kids to write. (Truly, the best job in the world....the other part of the job involves dressing up as the Story Queen and telling them stories....yeah, I know I am lucky). When I work with my fifth graders, there is a project we do each year whilst studying the writing form of narrative. Naturally, they have to write one. But I got quite tired, year after year, of reading fabulous stories that ended, well, lamely.
"......and then I woke up."
I hate and-then-I-woke-up.
So, I devised a way to make ATIWU disappear from their writing! (Forbidding it did not work....as you would know if you ever tried to forbid a fifth grader from doing anything.) I created a project in which all they had to do was to write the best FIRST chapter they could. Write a chapter that made me beg them to write more.
Well, it worked. I got to read amazing, exciting chapters. The kids really let themselves go and created situations in their writing that they didn't have to worry about "getting out of." Yay kids! Yay writing teacher!
Except that I totally get it now. Totally.
You hear that, kiddos. I get it.
See, I am at the end of writing a book that I promised myself I'd finish before August 31. It's a middle grade and, well, I have had the idea for eight years. I wrote about 80 pages several years ago, only to lose them in the great computer crash of 2002. I got brave and started it again (from scratch) in April. No, it won't be polished and shiny, but a draft will be done before school starts. Which would be good and wonderful EXCEPT for the simple fact that, well...........
.....I kind of created some situations that I am not sure how to get out of........
....and I hate endings/goodbyes....that kind of thing. When I moved away from NM after living there fore thirty years, I escaped out the back door of my going away party. When I read the last chapter of the last Harry Potter, I read it sooooooo slowly. I just wasn't ready for the end.
So, um, now I have one week, that's right ONE WEEK to figure out this mess.
UNLESS....maybe, this is all a dream......and I'll wake up.......