October 20th is the National Day on Writing. It seems a long way off, but as I prepare my classroom for a new group of young writers, there are two questions on my mind. Why do I write? And why do my students write? On October 20th, writers, educators, students and all kinds of other people across the nation will answer one very simple and simultaneously complex question:
Why do I write?
Here’s my answer.
- I write because words are like air, if I don’t inhale and exhale them, I will die.
- It’s fun.
- I love to laugh at myself and make others laugh along with me.
- I have the memory of a goldfish-writing helps me hold onto memories I don’t want to lose.
- Some stories are too painful to say out loud, but those stories find respite on pure white pages.
- I like the way words feel in my mouth.
- When writing, I can revise as many times as I want. When I talk, the words are just out there and can’t be polished once they’re free of my lips.
- Writing helps me make sense of things.
- Life is full of great stories waiting to be written.
Your turn. Be daring and brave and tell what it is that compels you to write.