National Day on Writing: Why Do You Write?

Sunday, October 23, 2011
photo by stuart miles
The National Writing Project (NWP) celebrated why writers write for the National Day on Writing on October 20, 2011 by collecting essays from all different types of writers: fiction writers, scientists, memoirists, journalists, teachers, students, business writers, and more.

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
• 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?


BECKY said...

I write because I must. I can't imagine what I would do if I COULDN'T write. And I truly cannot remember what I did with my time, BEFORE I wrote....and I only began writing about 10 years ago!

Angela Hood-Ross said...

I write for much the same reasons you do. It gives me a voice I'd otherwise never find or have the courage to find.

Sioux Roslawski said...


It's great to hear a shout-out to the NWP. I've been a TC for my local site for 10 years.

I write to vent. I write to entertain. I write to figure things out. I write to heal. I write to please an audience.

Anonymous said...

I write to build bridges and to dig ditches. To create connections and to create deeper understanding.

Roberta said...

I write because I don't know how to do anything else. I have been writing since I was 5 years old. It defines me as a person. I am the only writer in my family. If I could not write, I would go crazy. Writing calms me.

Unknown said...

Playing with words! This has always been a past-time for me.

Shyxter said...

I write because it's the best way for me to express myself. I am a shy person and most of the time I am quiet and aloof. Through writing, I can best describe my feelings and thoughts - from the most casual to the most sensitive.

Above all, I write because it is a passion I can never live without.

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