A while back, I asked you what stopped you from writing. You left lots of comments that were thought provoking and relevant to all of us.
Writers, I have another question for you now: Why do you write? Please be honest. I'd really like to know. Even if you only write because you have to, that's okay. Once again, it will be interesting to see how we are the same and how we are different.
Teachers, go ahead and ask your students this same question. Save their answers. After you've spent a month or so wallowing in glorious words and playful language, ask the same question again! I think you'll be surprised.