We write every day. I do. I know you do. But why do we write?
Writing to communicate–or what James Britton calls “transactional writing”–means writing to accomplish something, to inform, instruct, or persuade. . . . Writing to learn is different. We write to ourselves as well as talk with others to objectify our perceptions of reality; the primary function of this “expressive” language is not to communicate, but to order and represent experience to our own understanding. In this sense language provides us with a unique way of knowing and becomes a tool for discovering, for shaping meaning, and for reaching understanding. Fulwiler and Young,Language Connections: Writing and Reading across the Curriculum
But there is a practical and powerful reason for us to write. Writing is one of the very practical ways we develop our thinking. We learn when we write and we learn how to write well, when we do it every day.The writing project has been established to help you become a better learner, clearer thinker and stronger writer.