Once upon a time, a wise teacher I had would sit us down and say, “JUST WRITE!” The class would spend the next thirty minutes writing. The topic was not important. The length of the writing was not important. What was important was the writing.
When asked, Why do you want us to write? The instructor would reply that any deficiencies that a student has with grammar, subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, spelling and vocabulary would show its face in the writing. Our writing will tell the tale of any and all deficiencies in English and Language Arts.
Writing is such a liberating form of expression. Most good writers are avid readers. When we read, we learn how sentences are structured and how a word look when it is spelled correctly.
Writing draws us into the moment. We see the blades of grass, hear the minuscule chirp of the morning cricket, watch the shade travel from one edge of the yard to the other, seemingly for the first time.
Writers are uniquely gifted to find meaning for themselves and to help others find meaning. In fact, this has always been one of the main task of a good and proficient writer. To become that good and proficient writer, we must first learn how to write.