The Teacher Tip

Set Realistic Writing Expectations

August 4, 2017

Jennifer Serravallo's The Writing Strategies Book offers help for all steps in the writing process, and while it is intended for grades K–8, we find ourselves turning to it regularly to find new ways of thinking, refining, and sharpening our own writing.  Have you made a goal of writing more over the summer? Is it somewhat daunting? overwhelming? terrifying?


Try this strategy:

Be Realistic: If you're feeling a writer's block, it may be because you have an expectation for what you're going to make that is unrealistic. Say to yourself, "I'm going to write the best I can today, and that is good enough for now." When you've written, you can go back to see how you'd like to make it better. 

To learn more about The Writing Strategies Book, and to download a sample chapter, click here.

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