Becoming a Writer

Summer Turner

I recently finished writing a first draft of a book for Bloomsbury on Curriculum and Assessment Design. It is probably the best thing I have ever done, but it was also quite an agonising journey. Here are some things I have learnt along the way:

  1. The blank page is terrifying, mostly because it is not blank at all –  it is actually a list of your inadequacies and failings written in an invisible ink that only you have the power to see. Consequently I now have much more empathy for my pupils when they struggle to put pen to paper.
  2. You stop being able to do anything else remotely to do with writing or education such as engage in Twitter conversations or write blogs. This makes you feel completely out of the loop and also concerned that people will think you have snuck away from the education party –…

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