Along with many teachers, I spend my summers soaking up learning like I soak up the sun. There are many things from my reading and writing experiences this summer that I will implement in my classroom this year. Modeling how I approach fiction writing is one of them. Instead of considering the plot first, my learners and I will explore developing main characters, their backstories, and their problems first. From this viewpoint, my learners will have a focus for developing the plots of their stories.
This idea comes from Story Genius by Lisa Cron. I am reading this book for the Focus on Fiction workshop I am taking through Teach Write. In her book, she applies research from brain science to writing fiction. I have not yet finished the book, as I am taking my time to work through the exercises and truly grasp what the author is saying. So far, the story I am writing is more purposeful and my characters are more realistic than in other fiction pieces I have written. Also, there seems to be more ease in moving the story forward. I am a long way from having a complete first draft, but the bits and pieces I have created so far thrill me and motivate me to continue.
I am excited to see what my learners come up with as they approach their stories from this perspective. This fall will be an exciting time in my classroom!