Today is National Day on Writing.
Because today is The National Day on Writing I need to write. The hashtag #WhyIWrite is trending on Twitter and Facebook. Under this hashtag, people share why they write. On both Twitter and Facebook I shared that I write because I have something to say about children's thinking and integers. However, I think it is ironic and downright funny that I enjoy writing as much as I do. I remember a time when I boasted to friends that being a math major or going into mathematics was great because I did not have "busy work" and I did not have a stack of papers to write. Now, I covet my writing time. When did I transform into a writer?
Scheduling Time for Writing...
I noticed that I became a "writer" when I began scheduling specific times into my day to write and monitoring my writing in an Excel spreadsheet. I have been doing this for a year, but it is a strategy recommended by many. For example, if you are interested in one of those resources, I just finished reading How to Write A Lot by Paul Silvia a couple weeks ago. It may sound dramatic, but this book changed my writing life and I definitely recommend it if you are looking for ways to improve your writing productivity. However, I will sum up his advice here:
No excuses. Sit down and write. Schedule the time to do it. Protect that time.
Why do I schedule writing time?
There are things I want to say about children's thinking on integers. In order for us to understand each other's perspectives we have to get it out in a space for other's to read. And, I learn more about myself through writing. But... there is so much too say and little time with teaching and service. For these reasons, my writing time is precious and protected. I am only in my first semester at my first tenure-track position, but I am hoping I can continue to protect this time because not writing makes me anxious.