Tuesday, October 20 is the 7th Annual National Day on Writing. This holiday from the National Council of Teachers of English focuses on "celebrating writing and thinking about why you do it." Primary schoolers, university students, and publishing mavens are all encouraged to share their reasons for taking up the craft using the #WhyIWrite hashtag on Twitter.
The National Council of Teachers of English knows that writing is a valuable skill, even for non-writers. As Lisa Fink notes, "[p]eople in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age write more than ever before for personal, professional, and civic purposes." From texts to essays to cover letters, writing can mean the difference between love and loss, pass and fail, unemployment and wealth. To that end, the council has provided an online handbook of tips for writers of all ages.
The #WhyIWrite Twitter trend has been going on since at least 2011, and you can read tweets from that year's National Day on Writing here. I've included my tweet for this year below, followed by 12 of the best #WhyIWrite tweets from National Day on Writing 2015. Enjoy, and don't forget to tell the world why you write.