Embolden Your Writer with a Plan: Article Ten
- “actual” writing
At this point, I want to relabel “actual” writing as creating.
When I conduct writing workshops, I present a simple exercise to help beginning writers design a schedule that works for each one individually. I hand out a blank calendar for one week and four different colored pens or highlighters. I then have the students assign a color to each part of the plan . . . for example, idea gathering – pink, researching – blue, creating – yellow, organizing – green. This gives the writer a visual of what his/her writing schedule will look like for the week ahead. I fill out a calendar for myself while they create one for themselves. When I began writing, I employed a colored-coded system, but now writing is a natural part of my life without me having to write it down. The next four paragraphs are a mini version of the process.