School Begins and Writing Continues


Today I am attending yet another in-service meeting to begin the teaching year and I’m completely ready to start the year.  It looks like a good year this year even though our legislature is populated with tons of anti-education dogs, our governor thinks we are all slugs, and money is (as always) tight.

Of course I’m completely busy with getting my room ready for the students, re-writing my syllabi to accommodate any new rules and regulations added over the summer, and generally doing all the housekeeping with the various programs I run at the school.  In the interim, when I get time, usually at night after everyone is in bed…I write.

Currently, regardless of starting a busy school year, I am trying to edit through an audiobook I recorded of my latest book Come Apart, I’m working on these troublesome short stories that will be released in a future compilation tentatively titled Headless White Horse, and I’m of course blogging, writing a newsletter to go out to those who have subscribed via e-mail and trying hard to stay focused. (Not to mention my internet has been down since Sunday!)

My encouragement for you today is to write no matter what your circumstance, find time to get out the laptop or plop down in front of the desktop or whip out the yellow legal pad.  Figure out a time (even if it’s an hour a day) to sit down and write whatever comes out.  Don’t let your life get in the way of making progress on that novel or short story or poem.  

Someone out there wants to read it.  They desire to read it.  They will be enriched, entertained, or touched by your words.  

Don’t disappoint them.  Get to writing.

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

5 thoughts on “School Begins and Writing Continues

  1. Hey Roger,

    It’s so refreshing to see a teacher so eager to start the school year. I applaud you for all the work you do as a teacher. It’s also encouraging to read about someone who writes, while raising a family, working full time, and encouraging others to write every chance they get. Thank you for inspiring me as I continue to write what i hope will enrich the lives of others.

    When you get a chance, stop by for a fun greet and meet for our first blog post.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement. I had to reblog this, as I too am about to re-enter that teaching world. I am none too happy about giving up my luxurious days of writing but I also realize that it’s the “real world”, for better and worse,
    that give us the experiences that inspire our writing. So bring it on!

    1. Yes, Jan. Keep it up, and thank you for re-blogging. I wanted to encourage all of my teacher/writers out there mainly, but I know that you can do this. You can get some writing done!

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