National Day on Writing: Why Do You Write?
|photo by stuart miles|
I subscribed to NWP’s RSS feed, and for several weeks new essays about writing were delivered to my Google reader. Learning about other people’s love for writing, hearing why they love it and why they continue to do it has inspired me and my own writing. Although the official National Day of Writing has passed, these essays are still available, and I hope they can inspire you and your writing, too.
In addition to submitting essays on why they write, writers participated in this event in the following ways:
• submitting and/or reading student essays on writing at figment.com
• listening to interviews with reporters at the New York Times Learning Network
• tweeting with #whyiwrite
• posting reasons why they write on facebook
• …and more.
As the NWP website says, “Writing has been fundamental to human civilization since the first hieroglyphs, and it becomes more important everyday in our world that streams with emails, text messages, tweets, and blog posts. We are all writers, yet the why of writing is a topic of continual exploration.”
So let’s continue this dialogue and exploration on writing!
I write because it’s the best way to organize my thoughts and feelings. I write to explore different characters and situations. I write as a form of mediation. I write with expectations of connecting with other human beings. I write because I love writing.
WHY do you write?