MM – National Day on Writing

Tomorrow is the National Day on Writing, and I plan to participate. Here’s the blurb from the official site

Why I Write: 2015 National Day on Writing
What, how, and why do you write?
October 20, 2015

The National Writing Project, NCTE, The New York Times Learning Network, and the Teaching Channel invite you to celebrate writing in all its forms: through photos, film, and graphics; pens, pencils, and computers; in graphs, etchings, and murals; on sidewalks, screens, and paper. This year we are asking people in our community to share their writing life with us. Post your writing during the National Day on Writing Tweet-Up on October 20 with the hashtag #whyiwrite.

A little more info from a recent article in the New York Times (check out the link for additional information and links) –

Why do you write?

Every year on Oct. 20, we band together with partners like the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project and the Teaching Channel to encourage teachers, students and the world at large to celebrate the National Day on Writing by sharing their thoughts on Twitter.

Inspired by a classic essay by George Orwell, our group first put out the call for people to tweet with the hashtag #WhyIWrite way back in 2011, and it was an instant success.

See you tomorrow on Twitter!

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EDIT October 20, 2015

I sent five tweets about #whyIwrite, and figured I’d share them here as well.

“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.” ~ Diane Setterfield “Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.” ~ Ray Bradbury “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~ Ray Bradbury “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…” ~ Terry Pratchett “She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells.” ~ Dean Koontz

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  1. Oh! I had no clue this was happening today. There’s still time for me to jump into the activities, but I wish I had known earlier.

    1. Mel, I saw it in my FB newsfeed late last evening, as I was struggling to come up with a topic for this post. But I figure this way, I’ll know in plenty of time for next year. 😀

    1. The only qualification that I know of is that you’re a writer. I’m not published, and most of the people I saw tweeting today aren’t either. I say, go for it Shailaja!

    1. Don’t let that stop you, Jessica! I know plenty of writers who are not good story tellers (*cough* *cough*ELJames*cough* *cough*) and still get their stories across. Keep writing!

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