light bulb moment!

Ginny and I are making lot of progress on the book this summer. We have edited all the lessons for content and manuscript guidelines. This has been a tedious process, but I really think the lessons are well-organized and in really good condition to publish. Michelle Garcia Winner is writing the overview of Social Thinking chapter (she actually coined the term, so how could we write about it better?) Ginny has been working on the overview of Teach Social First chapter, while I have been stuck on the classroom management chapter. I tried writing out the key components, thinking that would give me the jump start I needed. I tried thinking about it while running (usually a good time to think creatively). And, yesterday I did some gardening thinking that would give me some ideas. Nothing. Complete writer’s block. I will add that I did use this time to work on exciting parts of the book, like the reference list (hahaha) and the dedication, acknowledgments, and author bios.

Then Ginny called this morning stuck on how to write about the lesson components – how to organize them in a reader friendly way. I suggested that she chunk it into 4 components: book reading, strategy instruction, challenges, and handouts. And, at that moment a light bulb when off in my head.

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We do not need to talk about behavior management in a different chapter, it will be too repetitive, or the reader will constantly be flipping back to the overview chapter to put it all together. The behavior management connection needs to be in the overview chapter!

It is hard to put into words the sense of relief and ability to formulate ideas after putting this all together. Writing is hard work, but not in a way that I have ever worked before. You have to let ideas come to you (read: be patient, not my strongest personality trait) and when they do, it feels utterly gratifying!

Kristan

time to sketch!

Ginny and I are creating 2 characters for our new book – a “Thinking About Others” kid and a “Thinking About Me” kid. I will not share the details, except for this: we have 2 characters in mind, have pictures of what we like, but they are copyrighted already. Ginny asked if my kiddos would try to draw some characters based off of the pictures we found. When I asked, I cannot share how excited they were to help out!

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Stay tuned for more updates on these characters!

Kristan

write, edit, edit, edit, and edit some more

Ginny and I are in full writing and editing mode this summer. It has been fun, but I am learning that I need time to be creative (and it does not happen exactly when we want it to!) and time to edit.

Editing requires a focus that can be hard with my kids at home. Thankfully I have some partial day summer camp options coming up. For now, I have tried to let go and be more “go with the flow” with their schedule. Case in point: they asked to play “mermaid” in the pool Tuesday afternoon. At first I said no, wearing swim clothes should be required even in our back yard pool in the woods. But then I thought about the few, precious writing minutes this would give me, and said yes (fellow parents, do not judge!) The kids played for almost 2 hrs, and I got a lot done…woo hoo!

We also have a new kitten in our family. Banjo has turned out to be quite the helper with editing. Check him out.

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Writing a book is fun, challenging, interesting….I need to think of more adjectives. For now, goodnight 🙂

Kristan