Today is The National Day On Writing.  No, really, it is.  It was officially declared to be so by the Congress, so you know it's for real, and it's sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.  To mark the day, they have posed a question to the world, or at least the world of writers (that would be our world): Why Do You Write?

I love this question, and I love the answers it brings.  We had a wonderful six-word memoir contest (inspired by the six-word memoir project at Smith Magazine) on this very subject, and I invite you all to answer it in a new form on She Writes today: tell us why you write in 140 characters or less.  That way you can get in on the action (if you are a Twitter user) by tweeting your answer as well and marking it with the hashtag #whyiwrite.  Our friends at the YA site Figment.com are participating, as is the The New York Times Learning Network and many others, so we will all be in very good company.

My answer?

Writing is my leap of faith in the face of impermanence and loss, my hope that it is possible to ease pain by speaking truth. #whyiwrite 

(Amen, Rahna.)

What's yours?

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Comment by Elizabeth Kolodziej on October 20, 2011 at 8:02am
It is my truest, greatest, passion in life. I feel I might go crazy if I could not.
Comment by Care Morency on October 20, 2011 at 8:00am
I write to help tell the story of the times in which I live.
Comment by Merav Richter on October 20, 2011 at 7:59am

I write because I have to.

 

Comment by Elaine Fields Smith on October 20, 2011 at 7:58am
I write to fulfill my daily goals of performing some manner of "good deed" and to offer someone an opportunity to smile. If I do it right, the reader feels good enough to laugh out loud.
Comment by Wendy Brown-Baez on October 20, 2011 at 7:57am
I write to understand the world and myself, for the sake of communion, for the joy of words to express what is deepest and to celebrate the dance with the Muse.
Comment by Amy Ferris on October 20, 2011 at 7:57am
writing is like a big meal; it nourishes me, satisfies me, binds me and if i do it everyday, i am full.
Comment by Kate Defrise on October 20, 2011 at 7:55am
Because there's nothing like a good story. We need them as much as we need food and oxygen. 
Comment by Claire Wagner on October 20, 2011 at 7:52am
I have to borrow this quote from blogger Jeff Goins: "Real writers don’t write for recognition. They don’t do it for fame, accolades, or notoriety.They do it because they cannot not write." I've made a living from writing for about 30 years and sometimes don't know why I do it other than I'm just a writer. It's who I am. I don't know why!
Comment by Leslie F. Miller on October 20, 2011 at 7:52am
Why do I write? Why do I breathe? It’s a function of being. When I stop one, I stop the other.
Comment by Carla Sarett on October 20, 2011 at 7:52am
Writing is more fun than anything else I do.

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