Oct. 20 is the National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, The New York Times Learning Network, and The Teaching Channel, and in observance of the celebration, Twitter wants to know: Why do writers write?
Using the hashtag #WhyIWrite, writers around the world are taking to Twitter to tell their followers what compels them to put words on a page. Even some people who are famous for things other than writing, including Steelers linebacker Vince Williams, among others, have been using the hashtag.
Check out some of the best tweets below.
#WhyIWrite if i didn’t i’d go crazy. this way, you do.
— umair (@umairh) October 20, 2015
For every vulnerable piece I write, people tell me putting myself out there made them feel less alone and more understood #WhyIWrite
— Wagatwe Wanjuki (@wagatwe) October 20, 2015
#whyiwrite People die. Structures crumble. Civilizations collapse. But words are eternal.
— JA Konrath (@jakonrath) October 20, 2015
#WhyIWrite Because some people seriously write “should of” instead of “should’ve” and we mustn’t let terrorists win.
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) October 20, 2015
#WhyIWrite: to breathe, to dream, to feel, to walk in another’s shoes + see through their eyes, to understand, to build a better world.
— Deborah Harkness (@DebHarkness) October 20, 2015
To surprise the reader. #WhyIWrite
— Derek Haas (@derekhaas) October 20, 2015
Because my third grade teacher said my Halloween poem was the best one in the class. #WhyIWrite
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) October 20, 2015
Because I read Ann M. Martin’s THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB series at a young age and thought “I want to be an author, too!” #WhyIWrite
— Michele Filgate (@readandbreathe) October 20, 2015
#WhyIWrite So ppl can know that I’m more than a helmet and a jersey
— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) October 20, 2015
#WhyIWrite With music, you welcome others into your brain. And whilst there, you can endow them with, not just melodies, but ideas.
— Rou Reynolds (@RouReynolds) October 20, 2015