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What Do You Need To Write?

posted: 10.23.12 by Traci Gardner

I spent the last three weeks talking about the National Day on Writing, which was last Saturday, October 20. The discussion of #whyiwrite and #whatiwrite led me to a new question: What do I need to write?

I began by brainstorming all the tools I have around me when I write, focusing on tangible things. I came up with this list as a start:

  • blank books
  • small note books (no taller than 6″)
  • medium ball-point pen, ideally Pentel RSVP with purple ink
  • highlighters (at least in yellow, orange, and pink)
  • filled notebooks and journals (my idea stash)
  • diet soda [read more]

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#whatiwrite

posted: 10.16.12 by Traci Gardner

With the National Day on Writing coming up on October 20, I wanted to take some time this month to think about writing and writers.This is the third of three posts on that topic.

Later this week, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, and the New York Times Learning Network are asking people everywhere to celebrate the National Day on Writing by posting about their writing with the hashtag #whatiwrite.

I can easily fill out a blog post by listing #whatiwrite. I write grocery store lists, poems, e-mails to other teachers, and documentation for online chatrooms. I compose text messages and notes on the photos and videos I post online. I write blog posts for Bedford/St. Martin’s and for ReadWriteThink. I post status updates on Facebook and Twitter for myself and the groups I blog for. I write recipes for dishes my family loves to eat. I design greeting cards for fun and write about how I made them. [read more]

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#whyiwrite

posted: 10.9.12 by Traci Gardner

With the National Day on Writing coming up on October 20, I wanted to take some time this month to think about writing and writers. This is the second of three posts on that topic.

Last year, people across the United States celebrated the National Day on Writing by sharing their own reasons for writing with the hashtag #whyiwrite. Even though I’m months late, I’d like to go ahead and add my reasons to the collection of responses. And since it’s me, why not do it in a list of ten? [read more]

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On Being a Writer

posted: 10.2.12 by Traci Gardner

With the National Day on Writing coming up on October 20, I wanted to take some time this month to think about writing and writers. This is the first of three posts on that topic.

It’s taken a long time for me to be able to describe myself as a writer. I’ve told people that I am a student, a teacher, a trainer, a software designer, a customer support rep, a Web manager, a curriculum designer, and an online content developer. In all those jobs, one of my primary responsibilities was to write, but I never told anyone that I was a writer.

A few days ago, I was chatting in a Linux chatroom and mentioned that I needed to get back to work. Someone asked what I was working on, and I replied that I was writing a blog post.

“You’re a writer?” he asked. I admitted that I am, and I began to wonder why I had never said it before.

As I was thinking about the National Day on Writing for this week’s post, I decided to reflect on being a writer, using some images that I made into this video:

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