Over the years, as I have taught elementary school students, one thing that some of them hate to do is, write. It is like pulling teeth. I can hear them now, as I write this….…
“I don’t want to write.”
“I don’t have anything to write about.”
“Writing is boring.”
“I hate writing.”
You can imagine my expression when I hear such a thing. I was flabbergasted! As someone who embraces writing, with a big hug, squeezes it tight and is in love with it, I was appalled and sadden that they didn’t share my sentiments.
In my attempts to help them to write, I try to sympathize with them, as I think about my moments where writing was difficult for me.
Yes, to be honest, I understand. Although I love writing, and it makes me smile (which I am doing as I write this), I have had those elementary school type moments when I don’t want to write, when writing is a bear. Those were times when I sat down with my notebook and pen and nothing spills out of me. I don’t call it “Writer’s Block”, as I choose not to “claim” such a thing exist. Yet, there are moments when I simply don’t have anything to say. It is like tapping my fingers on a desk or dragging them down one of those old dark blackboards. It is a killer.
However, I give myself the same advice that I give my students. Write! Just write and it will come. It will. I am a witness. I see it.
We just have to park our bottom in a seat. Pick up our writing utensils, whether that is your notepad and pencil or your computer. Just allow your mind to connect with your instrument and soon you will generate a piece of work that you will be proud of.
Just Write…It will Come.