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Tell Us: Why Do You Write?
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Written by
Kamy Wicoff
October 2011
Brainstorming
Contributor
Written by
Kamy Wicoff
October 2011
Brainstorming

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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Comments
  • Ellen Newhouse

    I write to inspire others to know that through their voices they too may be seen and heard. By bringing the light into the dark places healing happens.

  • Monette Bebow-Reinhard

    Because there are too many visions in my head to deal with sanely, any other way.

  • Jan Marquart

    Like a quill dipped in ink's darkness to illuminate stories, I too dip into darkness to bring my truth to light.  

  • Kayelle Allen
    I write because to not write is not an option I can live with, and because no one else can tell my stories the way I can.
  • Ronnie Dauber

    I write my inspirational blog to encourage others to be confident and strong in their faith as they stand to believe God for their healing.

  • CJ Rice

    I write to out the alien in me, in you, in everyone.

  • Ronnie Dauber

    I write exciting adventure stories to encourage teens to read and to help develop their character and appreciation for life.

  • Gail Fishman Gerwin

    I write to remember, I write to honor those I’ve lost, I write to help my children and grandchildren remember me— and write.

  • Audrey Jean Camp

    My story begins with all the stories before mine, and I am obligated to keep the tendrils of collective memory alive, extended.

  • Marjorie Robertson

    I write to make sense and order of life. I write to ask the questions that have no answers.

  • Gale Massey

    I write because I'm the youngest of five and grew up never getting a word in edge wise, so there.

  • Coreena McBurnie

    I write becaue it makes me feel alive. I love books and delving into new worlds, it's potential is boundless.

  • Pat Sabiston

    I write because I cannot NOT write!  It is very much a part of who I am since it feeds my soul and the creativity sparks my intellectual energy!

  • Cynthia Rand

    I write because I have a story to tell from my heart.

  • I write because nothing unifies people like a really good story; the one thing we can all relate to is a really skillful lie that reveals truth.

  • Lori L. Clark

    I write what the voices in my head tell me to write -- so instead of people thinking I'm crazy, they'll see I'm being creative.

  • Kathy Radigan

    I write to apease my possessed dishwasher and my weary yet satisfied mothers soul. Writng has connected me to the woman I was, the woman I am and  the woman I want to be.

  • Veronica Young

    I'm not the dream, I just empower people to them.  #whyiwrite

  • Kate Cardon Parish

    I write to preserve my sanity.

  • Jessica Ferguson

    Writing is my fun, happiness, laughter and love. Writing is the answer to all my problems—real and imagined.

  • Elizabeth Kolodziej

    It is my truest, greatest, passion in life. I feel I might go crazy if I could not.

  • Care Morency

    I write to help tell the story of the times in which I live.

  • Merav Richter

    I write because I have to.

     

  • Elaine Fields Smith

    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.

  • 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.