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Confessions of a Compulsive Writer

Today, while the Salerni family enjoys their first day at Universal Studios, I bring you an unprecedented guest post from Dread Daughter #1 — a young lady unafraid to confess her writing sins in front of the blogosphere and her parents, apparently confident that none of her past or future teachers follow my blog.

Eh, she’s probably right, there.

Confessions of a Compulsive Writer by Gabbey Salerni

Last year, my seventh grade teachers often asked me why I pulled out a pen and a notepad rather than a book during SSR time. I replied that I preferred writing, because I had difficulty staying focused on a book when I had a story I needed to write. Eventually, they let me write instead of read, but when I finished writing a story, they wouldn’t let me count it as a SSR book!

The truth is, school is one of my favorite places to do my creative writing —- usually during class, when the teacher just happens to be talking. So when my math teacher walked in and said, “Okay class, today we’re learning how to multiply polynomials,” I reached for my notebook and started writing.

However, this started to become a problem, especially when my math grades began to slip. I realized then that writing while the teacher was giving instruction probably wasn’t the best idea.

I’d already tried to do my writing during science class, but for some reason I couldn’t concentrate —- perhaps it had something to do with my teacher’s tendency to scream out parts of her sentence at random? Maybe, maybe.

My LA teacher didn’t mind me doing whatever in her class, because I was one of her A students —- but that was also the class where we were allowed to pick our seats. So I never got anything done, because I had my friend Rachel reading over my shoulder every second, despite my protests, and —- ahem —- threats.

Social Studies was the only class where I didn’t have a problem. The lights would often go out for a movie clip, during which I would “take notes”, or so my teacher assumed.

My notebooks were pretty much the only thing that got me through my most torturous class —- the dreaded Life Studies. When the teacher walked in and put a big poster diagram of the male reproductive system on the board, I knew exactly where to go.

I just hope I can get away with this stuff in eighth grade too.

11 Responses to Confessions of a Compulsive Writer

  1. too cute! Thanks for sharing your writing trials and tribulations Gabbey! I was a cronic daydreamer throughout school so I know how you feel!:)

  2. Linda G. says:

    Gabbey, you definitely have the writing bug. Keep at it–you have talent! 🙂

  3. mshatch says:

    ha! too funny. sounds like someone will be following in their mother’s footsteps…?

  4. Becca says:

    I was the same way, even all the way through high school. When you want to write, you figure out how to write, even at the most inconvenient times.

  5. Thanks everyone! She’s even managing to write this week, which is more than I’ve been able to do!

  6. Emily says:

    What an awesome post! I used to write in class, too. One of my stories turned into an epic piece that my BFF would read every day at lunch. I also kept journals (sometimes I post scans & clips at my blog) and I think these are infinitely valuable to me as a writer today. Hold onto everything, Gabbey!

  7. You go Gabbey! Well, it’s probably not a good idea not to be paying attention in class. BUT keep up the writing. I used to write at night and fall asleep with a pen and tablet in bed. My mom would come into my room, put the pen and tablet on the nightstand, turn off my lights, every night. Good luck with your writing:)

  8. Candyland says:

    She’s definitely *yours* lol. So adorable.

  9. Jen says:

    Haha I love that she has the writing bug! How special! I have to say that I wish I would have been that creative in 7th grad and then praying for it to continue!!!

    Unfortunately my grades slipped, and I wasn’t well behaved during class and it was obvious because I constantly disrupted the class… a big no, no!

    Good Luck with your writing and I hope you fill many more notebooks!

  10. She has the write idea–I hope she keeps in up in eighth grade too. Hope you are having a terrific vacation.

  11. Christine says:

    This is a bit late, but I just had to say that it is usually harder to pay attention to someone when you’re writing under the desk at the same time. By the way, who did you say your math teacher was again? I’d love to talk to her.