Writing is the communication of thoughts and ideas. It is both an informal and formal ‘proof’ of literacy and content comprehension. However, the expectation of how writing is supposed to look can be confusing for both students and teachers. Our writing routines may strengthen a student’s relationship to content, through the continual low-stakes exchange of ideas. Students struggle to synthesize their ideas on paper, even when they can readily explain or speak about them. Brainstorming, drafting and revisions should thus be a natural part of the writing process.