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How Stephen King made me a better middle leader

When he made the step up from classroom teacher, James Ashmore turned to a shining literary role model whose time-management method helped him avoid being hobbled by increased workload

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In his book On Writing, novelist Stephen King consistently encourages would-be writers to stop messing around and get on with writing. He advises partitioning off chunks of your day to sit down somewhere without distractions and stick religiously to a schedule.

Unlike King, I’m not a millionaire with a quiet bolthole in New England where I can work uninterrupted. I have been, until recently, a full-time teacher and middle leader, and am the father of three little kids who are noisy and nuts.

But I have managed to apply a similar approach to King’s to my own work; it has helped me enormously ...

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