On Monday we spent a little bit of time talking about why authors write. Interestingly many of our class listed earning money as one of the main reasons that authors write. Is this really why people write?
Other ideas suggested were that authors write to entertain us, to teach us something, to explain an idea, to convince us about an idea or to share a story.
After doing some web browsing I found lots of suggestions for why authors write. Writers or authors are artists who love to create. They use words rather than paints, crayons, clay, pencils, cameras or pastels for their creations. Some write for no other reason than they enjoy creating with words. There are ideas and stories inside their heads that are waiting to be shared by being written down and maybe published as a book, an e-book or a blog post that others get the opportunity to read.
When we are reading and writing we become better readers and writers if we are able to be aware of the purpose behind an author’s work. Why are they writing their work in a particular style? What do they want their audience to take away from their work?
Mrs S found some great online images created by another teacher that explain some of the purposes that authors might have in mind when they are writing.