Why I Write #sol18


Why I Write #sol18

April 10, 2018

“I, myself, write to change my life, to make it come out the way I want it to. But other people write for other reasons: to see more closely what it is they are thinking about, what they may be afraid of. Sometimes writers write to solve a problem, to answer their own question. All these reasons are good reasons. And that is the most important thing I’ll ever tell you. Maybe it is the most important thing you’ll ever hear. Ever.”
― Patricia MacLachlan, Word After Word After Word

I, myself, write to change my perception.  I never considered myself a writer. I taught writing,  I had students write. I wrote. In my mind, I wasn’t a writer.  When I published my 100th blog, I added writer to my twitter bio.  Perhaps one hundred blogs doesn’t make me a writer, but now I’m a person who writes.  
I,  myself, write to share an idea.  Sometimes I write to share a passed-on idea.  Sometimes I write to share a synthesis of several ideas.  Sometimes I write to share a memory that sparked another idea.  I share ideas. 


I,  myself, write to live in community with other writers.  We know each other through our writing. We know the joy of words strung together.  We know the frustration of words that will not string together. We learn together how to write,  how to improve our writing, how to support each other as writers.


I, myself, write to rethink an experience. Occasionally they are wonderful experiences and I want to think about them again.  Other times, they are trying experiences and I want to think through them again. I experience  them more fully when I write them down.


I, myself, write to improve my teaching and coaching.  When I write about what I teach, I examine it more carefully.  When I write about my coaching, I examine that as well. In that examination, that noticing, I change.  I grow.

I , myself, write, to experience what the students experience. I think about structure, syntax, and grammar.  I think about word choice and voice.  My thoughts fill with mentor texts.  Sometimes, I even think about spelling. I am a student of writing. 
I, myself, write to solve a problem,  to answer a question, to make things turn out the way I want them to.

I, myself, write.  I am a writer.


Thank you to my fellow bloggers for inspiration and encouragement and to TWO WRITING TEACHERS for creating this opportunity.  Read more amazing blogs and join the writing here.


12 thoughts on “Why I Write #sol18

  1. Your post had me thinking about calling myself a writer. Why do I hesitate to give myself that title when I declare students writers on day 1 of school in my kindergarten and first grade classrooms? You’ve given me the permission to say yes! I too am a writer indeed!
    Thank you for this post.

  2. I love this post! Just today I was remarking to a student that it is my slicing day and he was wondering how many slices I have written. We calculated it is more than 300 by now, yet I still struggle to call myself a writer (yet happily identify as someone who writes…). You have me thinking!

  3. I love the repetition of your piece. That craft move creates a structure that allowed me, the reader, to really notice all the different ways writing helps you. Thanks for reminding me of the importance of structure.

  4. I love that MacLachlan book! I think it should be read to students every year when launching writer’s workshop. I totally understand your hesitation to call yourself a writer, but you are. I, too, find it hard to say “I’m a writer.”

  5. I love this celebration! Hmmm, you’ve made me stop to think this morning. Why do we do/not do that? Perhaps it’s because we don’t receive payment for the products produced… ? But is that a good reason. And we do that with other things also.. I love to sketch, but I’ve never called myself an artist. But I am. I can play the piano, read music, and all…. but I don’t call myself a musician. But I am. I love to cook and serve some pretty good meals, bake great pies, read thousands of recipes, have a large cookbook collection… but I don’t call myself a chef. But I am. Thanks for giving me a different lens this morning.

  6. I love the quote and then your use of that format to structure your piece. I often say “I love to write” or “I write a lot,” but seldom call myself a writer. I will have to ponder that a bit more–There’s some sort of mental barrier. The repetition of your piece is really powerful.

  7. I can already tell that this piece is going to stay with me. I might have to use it as a mentor text. From the quote through all of your reflections about why you write, I was engaged and I was *thinking.* I may be asked to teach a Writing program next year – I am nervous about this & I am thinking a lot. Am I a writer? What does that mean? Thanks for giving me food for thought.

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