Slice of Life Story Challenge

Slicers: Why do you write?

WRITE your slice. SHARE your link. GIVE some comments to (at least three) other slicers.If you're leaving your comment early in the day, please consider returning this evening or tomorrow to read some of our evening posters' slices.
WRITE your slice. SHARE your link. GIVE some comments to (at least three) other slicers.
If you’re leaving your comment early in the day, please consider returning this evening or tomorrow to read some of our evening posters’ slices.

Mid-way through the March Challenge I came across a poem Betsy wrote on Teaching Young Writers. It is entitled “Why I Write.” There are so many reasons each of us choose to write and to come back and share our writing with this community each Tuesday year-round. When you leave the link to your slice of life story today, consider answering the following question: Why do you write?

Why I Write

I write for myself
so I can express something
relive something
release something.
I write to hear my voice
to feel my words
to value myself.
I write to inspire
to awaken
to see
to reflect.
I write
for me.

–Betsy Hubbard

109 thoughts on “Slicers: Why do you write?

  1. I write to try to make sense of our hectic and raw chaos that is our life. It is a fun way to preserve moments we
    Swear we will always remember, but they slip away if they don’t get
    Recorded. It helps me better know myself and prioritize what is most important to our family.

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  2. I write to get it down. I see things now – differently – and I need to record it. How I feel about it, how I see it, what I think about it, what happens next. All of it.

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  3. I write because it helps me think through and deal with life situations. Today a student asked if I just get inspired to write all the time at home. He said something like, “You know…You’re putting on your shoes or something, and all of a sudden, you say, ‘I think I’ll go write a poem.'” The talk was that I must just sit around the house each day, writing, writing, writing. It was funny, but you had to be there! I got to explain that writing is HARD WORK!!! But…oh, so worth it when you can express yourself… and like anything WORTH anything, you have to MAKE yourself write many times!
    Tonight I wrote a BALLAD to my dear children…
    http://skunkle.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-ballad-my-dear-children.html

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    1. I almost forgot…Betsy’s poem is awesome. I was happy to see it in your post today Stacey. When I originally read it, it inspired me to write my own poem about why I write. There are so many reasons! I posted it in March if anyone wants to read it again.

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  4. I’ve always had a blog incorporated into the website for the writing community I run, but I’ve really struggled to find my voice and purpose there. Slicing last month helped me do that. I think I’ve found a balance between professional and personal writing now, and I’m enjoying it so much. MY SOL is a reflection of how I hope to challenge the writers I work with to consider purpose too. http://www.wnyyws.org/blog/2013/04/multiple-choices/

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  5. Todays slice is a landmark for my little one.

    Smile

    http://primarywordbyword.blogspot.com/2013/04/smile.html

    I write to push myself as a teacher. When I put myself in my kiddos shoes, I tend to appreciate their hard work more. When I’m tired and just want to put a star on their paper, I’m reminded of how powerful and important quality comments are. Writing helps me be a better teacher and gives me the push to document my life. Thank you for giving me this outlet to get my thoughts down and share them with others.

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  6. I write to find myself, to understand what I believe, to soften my harsh edges, to vent, to love, to play, to discover, to nurture, to connect, and to grow. I write to become a better teacher. I write to give myself a chance to catch up with and control my meandering thoughts. What a great question…I may have to write/slice about this soon.

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