I’m approaching this year’s camp with a different outlook. I have about 3/4 of a rough draft completed on my WIP, which got its start last summer during camp. I’ve spent the last 11 months working with my critique group, three wonderful writers who I “met” through Teachers Write! and who continue to inspire and push me every day. I’ve set up a writing schedule that incorporates dedicated writing time when my family is asleep or otherwise occupied, and I’m easing into the routine of keeping that schedule. I’m also reading texts such as Kate Messner’s 59 Reasons to Write, Real Revision, and her two historical novels from her new Ranger in Time series: Rescue on the Oregon Trail and Danger in Ancient Rome.
What makes this year different is the preparation I mentioned above. I’ve never put this much planning and prep into camp before camp actually begins. It feels different. I feel different.
This year I feel like a writer.