Listen to what some of the greats have said about writing.  Can their words of wisdom provide insights to inform our instructional practice as teachers?

Here are five quotes from eminent writers to give us food for thought:

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

Louis L’Amour

“[Be] willing to write really badly.”

Jennifer Egan

“The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.”

Sylvia Plath

“You fail only if you stop writing.”

Ray Bradbury

“It is only be writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.”

PD James

What can we take from these musings? What important aspects of writing instruction can be drawn from these words of wisdom? Here are some possible takeaways:

  1. Encourage your students to write frequently
  2. Provide opportunities for them to experiment with their writing
  3. Establish an atmosphere where students feel safe in taking creative chances

Who’s one to argue with a collection of writers such as this?