Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Why I Write



I've been writing since I was nine years old. I started writing because I am a rule follower. Writing was assigned in school. I wrote what the teacher wanted to read. At nine, my mom bought me my first notebook. This is where the fun began. Now, my audience was me. I didn't have to answer someone else's question or prompt. Still, my writing followed a traditional diary format. Each day I wrote about my day and not much more. I wrote poetry too. As I grew, I wrote about my dreams.

College was when my writing helped me figure out problems. I'd write when I was lonely. I'd write when I was confused. Writing always helped me feel better. I remained my only audience. No one else got to see those words.

As an adult, I took more risks with my writing. I tried more poetry and a little bit of fiction. Writing became a friend...ever by my side. I brought my writing, my notebook, with me wherever I went. I never felt alone again. Writing always had my back.
 


The Northern Virginia Writing Project changed me as a writer. This group gave me an audience...encouragement...and courage to share my story. The NVWP showed me that I had a story to tell and nudged me to write. For the last ten years, I've continued to write but now I write for more than just me. I blog. I write for my students. I share my writing.

Why do I write? I must. I have a story to tell. Writing forces me to reflect, which in turn helps me grow as a teacher and as a person. Writing helps me untangle life. Writing gives me time to observe things happening around me through my words. Writing allows me to express myself. 


Three years ago during a Twitter chat, I read a tweet by Penny Kittle that sparked the creation of this blog...
This is why I write. Please take a moment and celebrate the National Day on Writing, October 20th!

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers for this amazing platform to write and share writing! What a wonderful community you've created! I'm honored to be part of it. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.

12 comments:

  1. I am so glad you write. I am often inspired by your words! I would love to be a part of a NWP. I wonder if there is any way to do it virtually.

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  2. Love it, Michelle! And what a great Penny Kittle quote. It's SO true. I may tell it to my students (and credit her, of course). <3

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  3. I'm glad to hear more of your story about writing, Michelle. You always make me even more enthusiastic!

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  4. You took the heart of Penny's quote and ran with it, Michelle - how lucky we are that you write!

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  5. How interesting that a tweet could help define your actions. I love the journey you share here.

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  6. The DigiLit Sunday topic was Why I Write. Consider linking your post. I've sent the collection to NCTE. https://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/digilitsunday-whyiwrite/

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  7. I love to read your story and the story of others. I'm glad you write and INSPIRE. I've only been writing for about 4 years now. Ironically, I never was a writer or a reader until I began teaching. Thanks for sharing the tweet too. It's a subtle reminder to me to keep going. Happy National Writing Day a little early!

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  8. I was struck by the juxtaposition of why you used to write ("I started writing because I am a rule follower") and why you write now ("I must. I have a story to tell. Writing forces me to reflect, which in turn helps me grow as a teacher and as a person"). Two compulsions, yet so different in origin, from extrinsic to intrinsic.

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  9. What a journey you are on! So glad you took Penny's tweet to heart. Now I can read and know you. A gift for all of us.

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  10. "Writing helps me untangle life." I love this line from your post, Michelle. Yes, writing is the detangler indeed.

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  11. This is my favorite line for sure: I started writing because I am a rule follower. Writing was assigned in school. I love you.

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  12. What a lovely post. I have fallen off writing but it still nudges at my heart. I hope I am heading into a season of writing again.

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