How to Write a First Draft

Cristian’s article on writing a first draft contains excellent advice for writers of any genre: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and even eighth graders struggling with an essay the night before it is due. (Sorry, but procrastination is your own demon that you must continuously battle.)


Forgive me, for I am here to destroy your insecurities. Your excuses. That thing you do when you tell yourself that your first draft must be perfect. The illusion that great writing is born in a single moment of inspiration.

I want to destroy those things so you can get down to the business of writing. And that begins with first drafts.

First drafts tend to scare the hell out of most writers. Even the greats. Kurt Vonnegut said, “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”

So when a writer of his caliber makes a statement like that … do you think you will be any different?

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2018-2019 Spelling Bee Study List

The first round of spelling bees will be held in my classroom next Friday. Any interested students may compete for the position of class champion and class alternate. All champions and alternates will advance to the school-wide spelling bee. Remember, the winner and alternate of the school bee will receive a free copy of the 2018-2019 … Continue reading 2018-2019 Spelling Bee Study List

Backpacks Can Stress Your Students’ Spines More Than Previously Thought

By Sarah D. Sparks Nov. 2, 2018 Published in Education Week All those hall monitors exhorting students to stand up straight may be on to something: A new study finds that a typical student hunching under the weight of a backpack could experience more than 11 times that weight in stress on their backs.  A new … Continue reading Backpacks Can Stress Your Students’ Spines More Than Previously Thought