#SOL16: Sharing Writing

Last night during the “Discovering the Writer’s Life” #TWTBlog chat (Storify here), I paused at this tweet by Ralph Fletcher.

ralph fletcher quote

Take a leap of faith. Write it. Share it.  It doesn’t matter whether it is innocence or arrogance.  It is worth writing.  It is worth sharing. Write!

It’s what we ask of our students. That same leap of faith is needed by all teachers of writing.  What you say matters and is worth writing/sharing!

When should you share?

Sharing options exist at each and every step of the writing process.  As you write your next piece, deliberately stop and have a conversation at every step.  Consider how that feels for you as a writer.  Consider the effect on your writing.

Instead of this:

writing process

Consider a more recursive process!

Maybe this?

writing process two

What would be the benefits for your students and their writing if the talk/sharing time was more than quadrupled?

Would revision be seen as a “more natural process” if talk/sharing has been included at every step of the process?


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.  Get ready to share your writerly life with the March Slice of Life Challenge!

26 responses

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I need to let my students share more during the process, not just at the end. They are much more courageous than I when it comes to sharing!

    1. You are welcome, Janie.
      Empowering our students, and their voices, is so important in order to let their courage roar!

      Sharing does not always have to be with the world – it can just be one person. But who? And why this person?

  2. Thank you for sharing this quote by Ralph Fletcher! It stopped me in my tracks during the chat. I love your graphic about sharing! Sharing is powerful and motivating and vital to all writers! I’ve been thinking about “innocence or arrogance”…I think writers must also believe they have something to say…feel safe in their environment. So much great thinking last night! Thanks for sharing your thinking! It always pushes me and makes me better!

    1. Michelle,
      You are so welcome!

      This was not the post I was composing in my head as I fell asleep. Instead this was a result of “believing I had something to share” and taking a leap of faith.

      After all, the TWT community is the most supportive blogging community in the world!!! ❤

  3. I love that quote Fran. It gives us a purpose to write and your model gives us the permission to share what we write.

    1. Thanks, Vanessa! Purpose, permission, and even a “requirement” to share – an maybe not at the last stage. Maybe, just maybe, there would be more finished pieces if sharing happened more frequently in the writing process!

  4. I was caught by that quote, too. I read recently that we need to have more talk going on in our classrooms, that talk leads to learning. This is so counter to what I see in most classrooms. I love your graphic with all the back and forth arrows.

    1. Margaret,
      I know I need a lot more arrows . . .back and forth and more scribbles between stages . . . but I thought this could be a starting point!

      I know. . . Talk, not silence needs to be the norm in classrooms!

  5. I missed the chat. So bummed. So grateful to you for sharing this quote. We teachers need to be careful to maintain the innocence of our students’ voices. That’s the tricky business when we ae looking to meet criteria and convey a lesson as to how writing goes. Hmm. W have to be mindful of how it goes in students’ heads as well.

    1. Julieanne,
      So right . . . the innocence of students’ voices and not the teacher voice super-imposed upon their piece of writing. So important to be thoughtful of how it goes in students’ heads! ❤

  6. Love the Fletcher quote. Too often students don’t get enough sharing time and yet it is getting feedback at all stages of our Writing that helps us grow as writers.

    1. So many ways to think about this quote. Sharing time only at the end of writing workshop or as a part of publishing seems so wrong . . . more pre-publication sharing with partner or possible audience might really help us grow as writers!

  7. You are so right! I missed the chat last night and I’m so bummed. I’m going to try and make it next week. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us. 🙂

    1. Lisa,
      It was a great chat with Ralph Fletcher, all the TWT bloggers, Kylene Beers, Mary Howard and MANY adoring fans!

  8. The idea of sharing and recursivity apply outside the classroom, too. I work as an editor with people assigned to write business reports, etc., and I often have to help them break away from thinking about writing as a “closed” process. Thanks!

    1. Great point! Real writing for everyone is not linear or closed. I should have put some squiggly lines going back some stages as well. You are welcome and thanks for commenting!

  9. Sharing together seemed to help us all learn new approaches, observe other’s use of language, along with giving support and good comments to others. Thanks for a post to remember, for ourselves and for groups.

    1. You are welcome and thanks for reminding us of the precious benefits from sharing! ❤

  10. Sharing is baked into our workshop – both in reading and in writing; it’s the glue and the motivator for all we do. Such fun to have you sharing your ideas with us last night, Fran!

    1. Tara,
      LOVE the “sharing is baked into our workshop. . . and it’s the glue and the motivator for all we do”!

      It was a fabulous chat! Thank you all for such a great capstone to the TWT blog series! AMAZING! ❤

  11. I love the second graphic Fran. There is nothing linear about writing when you are taking a piece through the process, smart enough to know that at first it doesn’t say what you want to say the way you want to say it… That interaction with audience/partner is the key to writing and writers evolving. So sorry I missed the chat last night.

    1. Lisa,
      The storify link is in the first line of the post. I’m going to have to read through it because the chat was really moving fast.

      Love this “That interaction with audience/partner is the key to writing and writers evolving.”

      Thanks for commenting!

  12. So much to love in this post. I wish your writing process chart hung on the walls of all our classrooms, and I loved Ralph’s tweet! There is a certain amount of arrogance and maybe some of it is innocence, but it also takes A LOT of courage!

    1. Wow! Yes, so much courage. And I also think that is exactly why we have to work harder to find real audiences for our students so they all get that “baked in sharing” that Tara was talking about!

      I know I looked at 50 or more writing process charts and I was totally dismayed that sharing was not a bigger part. Maybe it just needs to be TALK – but there has to be more joyous talk/sharing in our writing work!

  13. I love everything Ralph Fletcher has to say about writing, and that tweet was no exception. And you’re right, Fran. Yes to more sharing and conversations around our writing. Yes to more arrows. Anything to help young writers understand that their words are never set in stone, and that they can always learn and improve their writing.

    1. Catherine,
      And I also believe that all of us “older” writers can benefit from more sharing and conversations as well! ❤

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