People write for all sorts of reasons every single day: send a text or email, leave or make a note, finish something for work or school, jot down a recipe, send a letter, balance a checkbook, make a grocery list, etc.
I, too, write America. As a writer and teacher of writing, I’m also excited about the National Day of Writing, which was created by the National Council of Teachers of English and adopted by the Senate every year on October 20th since 2009.
1. I write because I enjoy it.
I have so many reasons to write, but this is my number one reason: I enjoy writing. Yes, I’m a writing teacher. Yes, I’m in the middle of writing my first book (revising, actually). Yes, I sometimes have to write.
However, I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t truly enjoy writing.
I keep a writer’s notebook, and I fill it with my ideas. I love to write in it, and I love the feeling of needing a new one when I’ve filled the current one up!
I enjoy the feel of a colorful pen in my hand, and the gentle sound it makes when it touches the page.
2. I write because I have ideas.
“Where did that idea come from?”
“What are your sources of inspiration?”
There are countless others that writers are asked, but those are probably the top two. The great thing about writing is that ideas can come from anywhere. You can look at a blank page sometimes and start writing.
Some places I search for ideas:
- past brainstorms
- life events
- writing prompts
- first line prompts
The photo below is from a prompt that said to use a song as inspiration. #FlashFicHive is a month-long flash fiction writing workshop hosted by Anjela Curtis on Twitter. I’ve used her prompts to inspire several pieces of flash fiction, and she has an event all this month!
3. I write because I read.
It’s true. Reading and writing go hand-in-hand (ask any writer).
Writing about the books you read often help inspire others to read those books, too. I don’t write book reviews often, but I should! I outline them first in my notebook, which helps me show my process when I’m helping my students.
For the final copy of this outlined review, click the following link: Book Review: Chasing Eveline. Maybe my writing will inspire you to read Leslie’s novel and write a review, too!
4. I write to help and inspire my students.
Speaking of helping my students, I also write with them. We recently worked on a personal narrative, so I wrote one in order to show them how to incorporate the skills we talked about.
As you can see, I purposefully added a lot of “to be” verbs (which is a lot harder than you think) as part of our lesson on incorporating better verbs. Unfortunately, not all of the changes were to stronger verbs, but we’re taking it one step at a time.
Before we wrote our personal narratives, we created a “Treasure Map” of ideas. This map inspired students to try another narrative in their own writer’s notebook using a different “X” event.
Students are more likely to try something new when they have a model to use. They’re especially eager to try it when they see the teacher trying it, too!
5. I write because I can.
What better reason to end this blog post? I write because I can. I am capable of writing, and sometimes it’s pretty good.
I can write stories for fun, narratives with my students, or poems because they help me cope with whatever it is I’m feeling.
We gain freedom when we write, so why wouldn’t we want that?
Why do you write? What is your favorite form of writing? Share with me in the comments!
National Day of Writing — NCTE link
Join the #WhyIWrite Blog Hop — Margaret’s link