October 20th, NATIONAL DAY OF WRITING

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)

Writing is important at all ages, and best learned young.

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!

Some Miscellaneous Quotes About Writing

These quotes really resonated with me.  I hope you will enjoy them too.  They are not arranged in any particular order.

“Writing is a kind of revenge against circumstances too: bad luck, loss, pain.  If you make something out of it, then you’ve no longer been bested by these events.”    Louise Gluck (author and poet, born 1943)

From my text in my Advanced Writing Class On Writing Well 31st anniversary edition by William Zinsser: “[This] thing is true of writers.  Sell yourself and your subject will exert its own appeal.  Believe in your own identity and your own opinions.  Writing is an act of ego, and you might as well admit it.  Use its energy to keep yourself going.” p.23

“I express myself with my friends and family.  Novels are not about expressing oneself, they’re about something beautiful, funny, clever and organic.  Self expression? Go and ring a bell in the yard if you want to express yourself.” Novelist Zadie Smith

“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, writer

“Writers are driven by compulsion to put some part of themselves on paper…” Zinsser

Contrasting views? Yes.  Conflicting ones? Maybe not.  Thoughts?