10 Reasons #WhyIWrite: Celebrating the 2015 National Day On Writing

Tomorrow is the National Day on Writing, a cross community celebration of writing in all of its forms. In the spirit of this day I challenge readers and fellow edu-bloggers across the nation to share what keeps you writing. Whether the bulk of your writing is lists, emails, lesson plans, or the next great literary masterpiece, celebrate your inner writer on October 20th.

To springboard the discussion, here are my top 10 reasons for writing:

  1. I write to model authentic writing across purposes and audiences for students.

  2. I write to inspire, encourage, and cajole other teachers to write (hint, hint).

  3. I write to think, plan, and process.

  4. I write to engage in virtual conversations and communities.

  5. I write to share ideas and opinions publicly.

  6. I write to reflect privately on teaching, learning, and life.

  7. I write to question the status quo (and pose questions, period).

  8. I write to make sense of what I read, hear, and see in the blogosphere and physical world.

  9. I write to practice — to get better at writing itself.

  10. I write to engage and experience life more fully.

In essence, I agree with 20th century French novelist Anais Nin who said, โ€œWe write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.โ€

So, why do YOU write? Tweet your reasons to #WhyIWrite, craft your own top ten list, or share your thoughts about writing here in the Collaboratory.

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  • Stevi Quate

    #Why I Write

    Along with your brilliant reasons, I write to make sense of my life especially when I'm most confused; I write to figure out something that puzzles me; I write to see what in the world I really think about something; I write because it's downright addicting and outrageously fun when it's clicking; I write because I write.


    • JessicaCuthbertson

      Thanks Stevi!

      Thanks Stevi for reading and sharing why you write! ๐Ÿ™‚ You made me think of another one — #11. I write to emulate mentor authors and mentor teachers (like you!) My sixth grade teacher facilitated a writing workshop classroom (which was very progressive for rural CO education in the late 80’s/early 90’s and in this particular school) and she didn’t just teach us how to write– she taught us to BE writers. That’s stuck with me and it’s been a true blessing to be informally mentored and coached by so many great writing teachers over the years. So — keep writing, Stevi! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

  • BriannaCrowley

    Thanks for being my kick-in-the-butt!

    You inspired this post…and even though the muse was being a bit of a tease, I muscled through. Beause…writing ๐Ÿ˜‰