Author Dorit Sasson Talks About Writing

The Writer's Life with Author, Dorit Sasson

Dorit Sasson has two new books:

Speaking and Writing for English Language Learners: Collaborative Teaching for Greater Success with K-6

Reading and Listening for English Language Learners: Collaborative Teaching for Greater Success for K-6

And, she's here to talk about her writing life:

The Writer’s Life

I don’t wait for a muse. If I did, I would be waiting forever. I also know that if I try to stick very hard to a schedule, that just might backfire on me.

Because I am currently 39 weeks and my son finished camp for the summer, I do my best to wake up early (not always possible when you’re pregnant and can’t always get a good night’s sleep) and try to get some writing in. These past two days though have been heavenly in terms of finishing writing projects. I realize though that this will change significantly when baby is born.

Writing is a very important part of my life and it centers and balances me. At the very least, I intend to journal when baby is here just to keep my sanity. Writing also puts me in touch with my writing and publishing goals.

When my son was in camp, and I was full time teaching, I tried my best to schedule my writing time before I headed out to teach or after. I found that after a full day of teaching, I didn’t have the brain power to write and since I’m a morning person, the mornings work for me the best.

During that time, I wrote at cafes, but I find I am more productive and less distracted when I write at home. And that’s when the good stuff usually comes! I would love to be able to write near the sea or a lake, but unfortunately, that is not possible. I usually write in bed with my laptop during these last few week of my pregnancy because I need to elevate my feet. I do realize that I am much more focused when I can work at the dining table.

A typical writing session at best, is usually between 1-2 hours. Sometimes more or less depending on my day’s tasks.

I like to freewrite or journal before I start to do any “serious” writing that requires mental energy or stamina.

Because I type faster than I write longhand, I usually end up writing on the computer. However, I realize there are serious benefits to writing longhand, which slows the brain down.


Mayra Calvani said...

Great post! Tweeted!

My writing sessions usually last 90 mins. That seems to be a magic number for me. Then I take a break and then do another 90. On a perfectly blissful day, I do 4 sessions.

Maurene J. Hinds said...

Great writing tips, Dorit! Finding time for both writing and kids can be challenging, but as you've noted, finding ways to work with your schedule and natural writing times can keep the progress going. And congrats all around!

Dorit Sasson said...

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Karen Cioffi said...

Dorit, It's been a pleasure having you here! Best wishes for your book's success.

Dorit Sasson said...

Dear Karen
Thank you so much for hosting the tour!

Nancy I. Sanders said...

It was so fun to have an inside peek into your typical writing day, Dorit! Thanks so much for sharing.

Phyllis Turner said...

As a relatively new freelancer, I find it refreshing to read about seasoned writers and see that they have the same struggles as I do and that even with the struggles we all face, somehow we get the job done. Very encouraging to read about a typical work day.

Congratulations on your success as you learn to balance your work and family life Dorit!

Karen Cioffi said...

Nancy, thanks for stopping by and supporting Dorit!

Karen Cioffi said...

Phyllis, it is pretty much the same for all writers, managing life, family, and writing. You have plenty of company. Thanks for stopping by!