It's back to school, and since I don't have anything to report (same old exciting projects I can't talk about yet), I thought I'd talk about something else...
Let's Talk About Notifications
Juggling the paperwork of three schools is a challenge. I always joke that the first week of school it's the parents who get the homework. I guess I could simply sign the mound of papers put on my desk, but I am really passionate about my rights. The easiest way to ensure that my rights aren't being violated is by knowing what my rights are.
So I read everything I sign.
And it takes a long time.
Now, you might think that the papers are pretty much the same no matter which school they come from. And to an extent they are - there are a lot of legal notices the schools have to give parents. But in each school's notification, it's framed slightly different. For example, the elementary school notices mention how the high school can (with parent permission) allow students to leave campus for lunch. The elementary school district doesn't even have any high school students, but the notice still legally has to be there.
In the high school notices, however, it goes into detail about how it's a closed campus and students are not normally allowed to leave campus, but may be allowed to with parent permission.
Let's Talk About My Research
So for my project I can't talk about, I have to research the books that are already out there. Many of those books are quite dated, but they cover the same ideas as my project. (Ah, this so hard not to give too much away!)
What I'm trying to point out is that it doesn't matter whether you are writing something that has been done before. What matters is that you say it NOW in a new and interest way. Also, it matters that you say it in a way that reaches YOUR audience, no matter what subject you're writing about.
That's what school notifications do.
That's what I'm trying to do in my project.
And that's what you should do in your writing.
Well, those are my words of wisdom. What have you learned this month while working toward your goals? Let me know in the comments!
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)