Every Tuesday for the last several years I have written and posted a slice of life story on my blog. I also link that blog post to the writing community over at Two Writing Teachers. Both of these habits were initiated in an effort to improve as a teacher of writing, with the thought that you can’t teach writing without being a writer yourself. In the many years since I began blogging, I have grown in my understanding of writing and more importantly I have gained a deeper sense of empathy for the writers in front of me in the classroom.
So here it is another Monday night and once again I am struggling with coming up with writing a cohesive post. It seems to be a common struggle lately. I could list a load of reasons for not spending the time on my writing, and that wouldn’t matter. What matters is the underlying reason: I haven’t been prioritizing my writing. Writing has become a task to accomplish on Monday night and I judge it is reflected in the end product, my Tuesday posts. I am writing without purpose (my OLW). I am writing without joy.
I think we all know students who appear unmotivated to write. I wonder if, like me, they too don’t know why they are writing or who they are writing for. Like me, they may go through the motions because they don’t have a purpose in writing. If those students are like me, they just might need to be given a spark to get the joy back. For me, my spark comes from a renewed commitment to living my life with writers eyes. Taking note of the small moments happening around me and then recording those times in my writers notebook. Simply put, I need to live a writerly life. I need to live with my eyes wide open, appreciating each moment and taking the time to jot down those moments in my writing notebook. That’s where I find my writing joy!
How about you? How do you keep the joy and find purpose in writing?
I am so appreciative of the writing community over at Two Writing Teachers. Take a peek and consider joining in!