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I do a lot of writing. Probably more than I ever have in my life. Yet, I don’t often write through what I am thinking about my work. So much of my communication these days is “in the moment” texts, emails, voxer messages about immediate needs and plans. “Should we meet here or there?” “Are you available now?” “How many people does the room hold?” The ability to use writing and technology to immediately connect with others is enticing, and truth be told, I am an old school email junkie. I love getting email. I feel so….needed. And I love to fire off a quick email reply, which demonstrates – I think this is what I think – that I am always available and competent.
Yet, writing at a slow pace, at more depth, with more reflection, serves another purpose. It’s a purpose I think is important: clarity of thought and clarifying of thought. I love the Flannery O’Connor quote that I first heard in college, which I have always held close, marveled at, and puzzled over: “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”
The way I heard a college professor say it and the way it sticks in my mind is: “I don’t know what I think until I read what I wrote.” And that’s part of the 20-day challenge, too. We allow space for clarity and clarifying of thought. Thought that sparkles. Thought that pierces. Thought that has been shined up, polished up and presented. It’s not often that I take the time to work on my words so that I can strengthen my thought.
Reflection: the importance of writing in the hybrid courses. How can we make writing a powerful piece of showing clarity of thought?