Writing and Reading are like “Daal & Chawal,” you can’t have one without the other. When you read, you read to learn, feel and think, not read to know what happens at the end of the story. (That’s the small part) Reading is a journey, where you think about the characters feeling, problems, her/his journey and the alternative forms of arriving at solutions, it is learning about different societies and cultures. It is a way of deciphering purpose and meaning. Reading is learning to have PersPective, because everything has a point of view. Reading and writing are like a handshake, and the author inspires you to think, write and share your ideas and your story. So, when you read, you identify and underline the words and sentences, the author has used to express his thoughts. By doing this, you are learning the craft of writing.
Imitation of style NOT CONTENT is the greatest tribute you can give an author for his inspiration, till you discover your own. Having a “Writers Notebook” or “Writers Diary” is the first step towards learning how to write. We must encourage our students to write; we do not want our students to face the Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Tedx). Writing is cathartic. Write, Write and Write. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” – Octavia E. Butler. Revising your writing is the critical component in learning how to write well.
Why is writing important?
- To communicate your thoughts, opinions, emotions, and ideas clearly to multiple people at the same time
- To validate our existence, choices, experiences in life
- The framework of our communication at the workplace is in forms of – Reports– Press Release
– Communicating ideas via email
– Maintaining a blog
– Summarizing your work or creating reflections and goals
– Writing recipes
– Writing notes, communicating effectively with family
Writing personal narratives is the first step towards learning how to write. Here is some personal description prompts to help you.
Writing prompts for parents & teens
Other writing prompts with technology social media, the internet as the main idea.
Rewriting, revising, rephrasing and editing are essential parts of a writing process. You are not done with writing until you have gone through the whole process from ideation to sharing.