Beyond appreciating words, through reading, I urge my students to write.
Write for discovery, for change, for release. Write from the gut. Write to persuade, to entertain, to inform. Write just because. Write with the rubric in mind. Write as though the grade didn't matter. Write for life. Write to give endings and beginnings, but more importantly, write to jump in the middle, right smack in the thick. Write in the now.