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.