Chris and I had been tweeting across the room about the institute. During the break he introduced himself.
“Hi, I’m Chris Long. I’ve been following your tweets.”
This was one of the early meetings I had with a fellow tweeter. FUN!
We began to work together after the break and during a moment of talk time Chris asked me this critical question. “I see you’re a writer. What do you write?”
Simple enough. I did, after all, say I was. Didn’t I?
“Um…” I managed, “Well, Chris. . . I write . . . email.”
That was pretty much the truth of it, at least as far as what I wrote for anyone else. I also wrote texts and an occasional face book post, holiday letters to family members, resumes and a couple of grant proposals, but I didn’t think of those at that time. I didn’t really think those things spelled W R I T E R.
Chris’s question shook me up a little. Made me reflect. Got me thinking. He did me a huge favor that day. He started the seed in my mind that said I wanted to live up to what I believed myself to be, a WRITER who puts word out into the world like so many floating bubbles just ready for the popping. I knew then that I needed to write something I was willing share.
Today is National Day on Writing. Twitter is trending on #whyiwrite posts. I love this one by Katherine Sokolowski.
During our staff meeting this afternoon at the sweetest little school by the sea, I shared this video by NCTE’s Deanna Mascle. Then all of the teachers and I write our own. #WhyIWrite We are a community of writers. Let’s take time to write together.
When was the last time you wrote? Why?
Do you consider yourself a writer?
What do you write? Why?