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 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 maggie brooke on October 20, 2011 at 3:47pm
Comment by Dee Krull on October 20, 2011 at 3:23pm
I write because it allows me to create a world on my terms, giving me what I need in that moment of creativity.
Comment by Lynn Guinn on October 20, 2011 at 3:09pm
I write because I can't NOT write.
Comment by Samantha Anastacia on October 20, 2011 at 3:06pm
Writing was at ten years of age my first greatest joy and has never stopped being a joy!
Comment by Angie Spoto on October 20, 2011 at 2:54pm
I write to represent. Girls and women need to read about girls and women, but female protagonists are still too rare.
Comment by Julie Pickerill on October 20, 2011 at 2:39pm
I write to know what I think, feel, believe and because it makes me real.
Comment by Marilyn Bousquin on October 20, 2011 at 2:27pm
I write to discover who I am and what I know and what I have forgotten.
Comment by Mary Elizabeth "Mele" Welte on October 20, 2011 at 2:16pm
I don't remember ever not writing, it isn't a choice, it is who I am.
Comment by Mary Coday Edwards on October 20, 2011 at 2:02pm

Because I cannot, NOT write,

Mary Coday Edwards


Comment by Jessica Shulsinger on October 20, 2011 at 1:58pm
I write to find my truth.  I cannot present my whole self to the world if I do not know who I am, and I find no other way to bring that self forth than through sitting down and putting words on the page, characters on the screen.  Taking it one step further, sharing my writing with others, helps me to further piece the puzzle together.  The more I write, the less my voice shakes when I speak in a room full of people.  The more I write, the more confident I am to tackle both the challenges of the everyday and the hurdles of this long life I have been given to lead.


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