Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.
What do we write?
This graphic lists many ideas. What would you add?
Why do we write?
How important is writing? For some, writing is a chore. For others, writing is as necessary as breathing. Do you fall somewhere in between?
Some authors believe that writing is the primary basis upon which one’s work, learning, and intellect will be judged—in college, in the work place and in the community. Should all that weight rest on one’s writing? Should writing be an evaluative tool?
What about writing in school? (Real writing – not filling in blanks) What if writing is critical in order to become a good reader? Does that mean that writing deserves equal time in classrooms? Does that happen?
Why do I write? Sometimes to preserve my ideas and memories. Sometimes to make my thinking and learning visible and permanent. But sometimes I write because I feel compelled to explain my ideas to others as well as myself. Writing also helps me understand my life.
Ali Hale has a wonderful post about why your writing matters that you can read here with specifics for these five points:
#1: It’s Not Just a Hobby
#2: Your Writing Can Outlive You
#3: You Can Change Lives
#4: Self-Expression is Important
#5: You’re Improving with Every Word You Write
Writing was important in one-room schoolhouses. Check out the writing on the walls in the picture below. But also note the speakers and listeners in the room as well. No one medium of communication is “the only one” as the connections between reading, writing, speaking and listening must all be nurtured. What does this picture say to you?
Why do you write?
What will you do, this week, to make your writing a more important part of your life?