Any regular reader of this blog knows how much I value good writing. My own personal statement begins “educator, author…” As I wrote in an article for the Huffington Post, I am an author not because of any particular skill or experience that I have, but rather because I choose to write. Every single day. I write something; whether it’s a chapter of a book, a blog post, an email, or a Tweet. I am only happy when I am expressing myself and sharing with the world.
To find the courage to write, I have to constantly reassure myself that I am good enough-that my writing is WOW — Worthy of the World.
This is a lesson I shared recently with fifth grade students at Kamehameha School in Keaau, HI. The students are in Karyl Ah Hee’s class, and Tweet collectively as @5BFish. Here is an excerpt of the lesson I shared:
A crucial aspect of the lesson was assuring the students that even adults don’t always consider their writing worthy of the world. The day before I visited @5BFish, I was speaking to Jimmy Casas, the renowned Principal of Bettendorf High School who just published his first book. Jimmy talked to me about the creative process and how you feel, even when the book is in your hand and rave reviews are pouring in, that maybe it’s not good enough to share. As soon as he told me this, I knew I had to invite him to participate in the lesson via phone, and he did so, brilliantly.
The one word that Jimmy brought up that resonated with the students more than any other? Vulnerable. When you write, you put yourself out there for others to criticize. But yet we can’t ever let this stop us from putting ourselves out there — but we can let this make us work even harder to ensure our writing is WOW.