This teacher has hit the nail on the head: in order to become an awesome writer, one needs two things: an “authentic audience” and motivation. I believe the audience creates most of the motivation. What do you think?
*updated 3/2014 with additional resources
If you want to create a prolific writer you need two things- first you need an authentic audience, second you need motivation.
When I was in college my wife and I were dating. For two years we even did the long distance relationship thing. This was pre-internet, pre-cell phone so of course we wrote letters. We still have boxes of those letters.
I was motivated to write, I had an audience. I wrote more during those dating years than I ever did in high school or college. I wanted to write. I needed to write.
Ever since I became a high school teacher I wanted students to engage in real writing. Right away I realized that I was the WORST audience for my students. Even for things like, journal writes, I’d require my students to write down a specific person as their audience. When the…
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