Tonight We Edit: The Twitter Edition

It’s 2 a.m. and the writers are plugging away. I’ve been editing their work since 5 p.m. today. Nine hours is a long time to dig through work, but honestly I’m shocked to find out that it’s 2 a.m. I’d forgotten to look up. I’m having such a grand time with their work that I didn’t realize I was supposed to sleep.

This is when teaching is the best. When the students are engaged and don’t realize they are learning. When they are with each other, doing the work.

Here’s a snapshot of what they have done:

There comes a time in every writer’s life when the stress and pressure seem too much to handle. When that happens, it’s good to have people around you who can set you straight:

That said, there are some things you can do to help alleviate the stress. The first rule of The Invictus Writers Fight Club…always save your work. (Don’t fret, she hadn’t actually lost her work).

The second rule of The Invictus Writers has become our unofficial editing motto: “Time and Place”

Some of my favorite Tweets come when The Invictus Writers begin to take ownership of their work. Ten months ago, they didn’t want to commit words to the page. Then they were cautious. Eventually they shed their fear of the blank page. As they read their fellow writers’ works, they began to gain a collective momentum.

Of course, sometimes it takes a little bit of a boot in the buns to get them started. This is Rhett at the beginning of the night:

This is Rhett just a few hours later:

In the end, The Invictus Writers were formed to give my students – my young writers – a place where they could explore their writing. They have learned that writing is a long, terrible, awful process. And they have learned this:

And hopefully if I’ve done my job well – and I hope that I have – I’ve helped The Invictus Writers discover the love of writing, the importance of collectives, and the power of a good editor.