Writing is empowering, and not just because
it's fun to tap into that creative vein and be amazed by the riches
there. Writing, in all its varied forms and purposes, is a complex
process. It calls upon us to bring our left and right brain together to
shape experience and feeling into something another person can read
and understand. That need, to feel understood, to know that what one thinks or feels matters, is universal. Many
people, children in particular, view the whole process as mysterious
and inaccessible. The good news is: anyone can learn to write and
every writer has their own unique process. But there are
many more ways in which writing empowers us. The writing process is
rarely linear but does have distinct phases that all writers go
through: planning, reflection, drafting, and revision—though not
necessarily in that order! Writing can help children and adults alike
enhance their problem solving and critical thinking.
develop integration of process, content, and skills.
develop organizational strategies depending on the form of the writing.
develop the skill of inquiry
( which includes:collecting and evaluating information, comparing and
contrasting, imagining situations from another perspective, building
argument for a particular position or point of view, learning the
importance of not only asking questions of others but of ourselves, of
not only revising the information we receive but being willing to revise
increase decision making abilities.
develop a healthy skepticism which leads to exploration of ideas, an enlarged world view and a confident imagination.