Monday, March 14, 2016
Why I Write
I have been reading quite a few blogs on writing and writing instruction. I read Margaret Simon's blog about discovering the writer's life, Pernille Ripp's blog about helping students find their writing identity, and multiple blogs from Two Writing Teachers. This really got me thinking about why we want our students to write, how I do not write nearly enough, and why I need to write more.
In Pernille's blog, she writes about how she was asked to be recorded speaking about her writing process for Wisconsin Writes. There's a great video where she talks about this process. I watched the video and started reflecting that I don't really have a process. I suppose I do in the fact that I get everything out of my head when I write a blog post and hit the publish button. I've never been much of a drafter or one who does multiple revisions. After reading these blogs it really made me reflect that I really need a more defined writing process to help me grow as a writer. My trigger finger tends to be really quick when it comes to clicking the publish button. So this was reflection number one.
Pernille blog really inspired me to keep writing (hence this post!). She talks about how every writer is a writer! And every writer needs time and choice. All great points to remember when working with young writers.
Another reason why I write and blog is to work my feelings out, sometimes my writing may not always be clear. For example, I watched a very powerful 20/20 episode about the Heroin epidemic in America and more specifically in New Hampshire. I wrote a blog post about it. What stood out to me was the person reporting mentioned that imprisoning addicts does not solve the problem. They shared two heartbreaking stories of families. I shared my thoughts and it helped me heal a little more. I never think I'll be fully healed, I believe the grief will always be there and I just continually learn to accept a new normal. I will never get over the premature loss of my brother.
I write for myself, and if I can help someone along the way with Kevin's story or a book review, or a new teaching tip then I am achieving what I set out to achieve.