Why Write?

I was asked, “Why write?” As I ponder my answer, a two things come to mind. I write to help my students and I write to help myself.

I started writing and learning how to write better so I could teach my students. I firmly  believe I have to do what I ask my students to do. So I write. I struggle through staring at a blank page or screen thinking What to write? It helps me to name what helps me personally to get words on the page. Then I can honestly share tips with my student writers. My go-to tips include: think of an emotion and a moment related to that emotion or think of a person, place, or object and then a related special or ordinary moment. Then just write the moment. Or just write “I do not know what to write and then pushing the pencil or keys and realize after 15 minutes that the page/screen is filled. When my students have a research project, I struggle through a research project, too. I jot notes and then feel mad when I forget to jot down my source so when I thought I was done, I still have to spend another hour retracing my steps and completing my bibliography. Now I have my true research writing story to tell instead of only announcing to my students, “Be sure to include a bibliography”.

I started writing as a way to teach my students. Now I find myself writing for me. I find it relaxing to sit in a coffee shop and write. I like reflecting back on the day or week and seeing where my writing will take me. Often it is good therapy for me. I’ll jot down what feels like venting and somehow, the words help my thoughts to process and my venting turns into a solution. I may have started writing in a certain mood but I usually end, close my notebook or computer screen, feeling peaceful. So of course, I write! #whyIwrite

15 thoughts on “Why Write?

  1. dianeandlynne says:

    Yes, I can relate to your reasons. Writing for oneself is therapy, and when we share our writing struggles with our students, we help them recognize that al, writers struggle.

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  2. bjdonaldson says:

    I have found that writing in the Slice of Life Challenge has given me a much greater understanding of what we ask our students to do everyday. It is easy to say, “Write for an hour,” but it is hard to work it out day by day. I applaud you for doing what you ask your students to do!

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  3. franmccrackin says:

    Your example of forgetting to note the source and then having to search for it after you thought you were done- so true, and so helpful to feel it again so you can help your students build good habits.
    Your ideas to get started writing are good, too. I will be trying them.
    And I agree that the process helps us- sometimes way more important than the product. Venting to peace- we all need to find that way 🙂

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  4. adrienneb2018 says:

    This Slice reminds me of one that I wrote recently, “What motivates you as a writer?”. I really like the way you explained how now you find yourself writing for you. I agree. I used to write because of or for my students, but now I find I write for ME.

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  5. Juliette says:

    I also started writing because I wanted to experience what I ask my students to write, but now I enjoy writing as I feel it makes me a better writer. Thanks for your slice.

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  6. Ms Victor Reads says:

    I also started writing for the same reasons. I do like writing it turns out, but I am the kind of writer who does not set goals of improving my weaknesses, so I feel like I am not progressing as a writer. I should remedy this and at least achieve “meeting” on a grade 3 rubric consistently. Okay, so now you have me thinking- I want to become a writer who makes goals and plans to work toward them.

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  7. Glenda M. Funk says:

    I, too, think we teachers need to do what we ask of students, and like you I write to remember what it’s like to be a student writing. Next week I plan to write about the novel we’re reading in AP Lit in preparation for the papers I’ll ask kids to write.

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  8. Amanda Regan says:

    I know that I have become a better writing teacher since I started writing for myself. Like you, I also find myself feeling more peaceful when I have been writing. I think it’s funny, though, that people ask why we write or that we feel like we have to explain. I doubt anyone asks why someone plays an instrument or knits or paints. Why is writing viewed as something strange and different?

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