Here I am, a day late (and a dollar short as the old saying goes) ready to celebrate the National Council Teachers of English’s annual celebration of writing. It was designated to allow people to appreciate the value of writing in our personal and societal lives. The NCTE states,”…writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration.” How true!
In honor of the day, here are a few quotes about writing:
“Why do I write? To investigate the mystery of existence. To tolerate myself. To get closer to everything that is outside of me.” (Jhumpa Labiri, Pulitzer Prize Winner)
“…What do average people gain by writing? I think that any time you make something and the refining and revising of that something to the best it can be, brings great satisfaction,” [which is what writing does]. (Paraphrased from Houston’s Executive Director of Imprint, a yearly scheduled series of readings and lectures by contemporary writers)
“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.” (John Edgar Wideman, author)
“In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.” (Stephen King) (a shout out of thanks to Maria Popova’s blog, Brain Pickings, via way of the blog Bookish Fame, which collected favorite quotes on writing)
Celebrate writing in some way today, even if we are a day late. LOL And, isn’t this day a great lead-in to November, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Until next time, keep reading and do some writing!