Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Reasons To Write ~By Suzy Leopold

All authors write for a reason. The reason a writer writes is called an author's purpose. The reason, the intent or why a writer writes is important to know and to understand.

As a writer, why do you write stories? What is your author's purpose for writing stories for kids?

Here are four examples of an author's purpose:
  • To entertain, or tell a story that is either made-up or from real life.
  • To instruct, or explain how to do something.
  • To inform, or give information about someone or something.
  • To persuade, or try to get a reader to do something or buy something, or believe something.
Pick a Picture,
Write a Story
By Kristen Mc Curry
There are additional reasons why writers write.

Do you know that there are physical and mental benefits of writing? 

Writing leads to better thinking, learning and communication.
Neuroscience and cognitive science research and show evidence that correlates creativity with academic, social, and emotional intelligence. The practice of writing for just 15 to 20 minutes, three to five times a week, enhances the brain’s intake, processing, and retrieving of information.

As an educator, I am aware of the importance of writing in the classroom and the value of writing across the curriculum through all content area subjects. Embedding writing throughout the curriculum, promotes the brain's attentive focus, boosts long-term memory, illuminates patterns, and gives the brain time for reflection.

Teachers who encourage writing in their classrooms build better communication and confidence in students. Students who write increase their vocabulary and develop the logical brain functions required for success in school.

Writing makes you happier and leads to increased gratitude.
As a writer, I understand the importance of writing as a “thinking exercise”. Just like daily physical exercise is significant to one’s health, writing keeps your mind sharp and “in shape”. Additionally, writing makes a better writer.

Writing when you wake up is a perfect way to begin your day. It’s like a wake-up call for your brain. Instead of hitting the ground running, consider writing while you’re sipping a cup of coffee or tea. Warm-up to the day by scribing your thoughts and jotting down your blessings as you rev up your brain cells that will lead to a positive day and increased gratitude.

Most of us have busy non-stop schedules with a fair amount of stress. Many writers prefer self-exploration and reflection, jotting down thoughts in a journal at the day’s end. Writing is linked to improved mood and better well being. Writing or even blogging can alleviate anxiety and provide long-term improvements in mood, decrease in stress levels and depressive symptoms. Writing closes our “mental tabs” that will equal a good night’s sleep. 

Listed below are personal reasons to write:

Warren Buffet: 
A man who reads and thinks a whole lot, describes writing as "a key way of refining my thoughts."

        Anne Frank: 
       “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn."

Bill Gates: 
"Writing is a way to sit down and re-evaluate my thoughts from the 

Stephen King: 
“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. 
Simple as that.” 

Madeleine L’Engle:
“I have advice for people who want to write. I don't care whether they're 5 or 
500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you 
need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but 
you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about 
things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need 
to read. You can't be a writer if you're not a reader. It's the great writers who 
teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every 
day. Even if it's for only half an hour — write, write, write.”

Beatrix Potter: 
“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a
story. You never quite know where they'll take you.” 

What is your author's purpose for writing?

The rewards of writing are many.

Write something worth reading or do something worth writing. 

As a writer, every story matters to the person living it, and our job is to tell important stories.

Writers do it write right.


  1. This si a very timely post, Garden Queen,considering the conversation over at KIDLIT411. Ty.

    1. Everyone has an important story to write and share. Thank you, Kathy.

  2. writing when you wake up - yeah, that's important. So is writing by hand, rather than keyboard.

    1. Some writers are early birds who enjoy writing in the morning. And of course, there are writers who prefer writing as a night owl. Thank you, Sue.

  3. Great post, Suzy! Now I've got to get down to business and write. ;-}

    1. Thank you, Jarm. Hope your days are filled with many written words.

  4. I love all those brain benefits you included. Hmm, I'll show this to my 8th gr daughter who isn't fond of all her writing essay assignments!

    1. Hopefully in time, Anna will appreciate the importance of writing every day, Tina. Thank you.

  5. Appreciations so much for this lovely meditation, Suzy.
    I am unhappy if I am not writing.
    And I am also unhappy if I am not reading.
    Great quotes & an inspiring post.