word of the day: why \ˈhwī, ˈwī\ reason, cause
I finally understand what a hashtag is. My ninth graders tried to teach me awhile back, but I couldn't quite wrap my mind around the concept. I actually had to see one in practical use before I could grasp the purpose (how's that for a classroom parallel?).
Thanks to my recent immersion into the world of Twitter, I'm seeing hashtags everywhere. #assessment. #lamemathjokes. #lovemesomecomfortfood. #edchat. #leadership.
The one that really got me though? #whyiwrite
Today happens to be National Writing Day, and the going thread in hashtags is an answer to the question "Why do you write?" Some common responses I've seen today are:
Because it's the little moments in which I find a little piece of my soul.
It saves me from doing useless things.
Because I know it's what I was meant to do.
Because I discover myself while doing it.
To tell stories, hear stories, see stories, to share the stories I see behind my eyes
Because it's cheaper than therapy.
I write to reflect, learn and grow both professional and personally.
It's hard for me to think of an answer to that question because the answer changes so often. Some days I write because it's the only way to make sense of the listless thoughts spinning around in my head. Some days I write because all I want to do is hear the rhythms that words can make when you put them together just right. Some days I write because I feel like my voice is powerful. Some days I write because it's easier than talking. Some days I write because it quiets my soul, eases my mind, and slows my pace. Some days I write just because.
Looks like I just created a few more hashtags. #whyiwrite
In any case, I can't help but overlook the fact that words come with great power, and as a writer, I suppose I have willingly become a steward of that power. When I think of the sphere of influence this blog has, I'm reminded that I have the ability to influence at least 22 people with even the slightest word. Shoot, maybe even more when you take into account all the people who couldn't figure out how to become a member. Here's to the 6 of you. #justkidding.
While we're on the subject of writing (to roughly transition), in honor of National Writing Day (or not since I only found out about it today), I have officially submitted something to be published. I ran across a children's story publishing contest via Twitter (the common theme here apparently) the other day and decided I didn't have anything to lose. So, "Carter, Ty, and the Rainy Day" is officially "out there." I could care less if it wins--I'm just thrilled to have taken a baby step.
To continue today's theme, I promised a writing think aloud and I'm going to make good on that. So if there are any teachers reading this blog, this think aloud script may be of interest to you. I'm thankful to have been taught the value of a composing think aloud. After only one attempt, I'm no expert, but I'm definitely a believer. One of those personal 'aha' teaching moments I guess. The script is a rough version--it worked more authentically than it reads because it changed with every class as I typed straight through the projector. I only wrote the script because I wanted to get a handle on what exactly I really was thinking.
In closing (because everyone knows that's the best way to end a piece of writing), I'd like to wish you a happy National Day of Writing (or what's left of it at least). I'd also like to know why you write. Even if the only answer you can think of is because you don't want to forget your grocery list. #leaveacomment.