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Today, writers from around the world share why they write. I couldn’t let this day pass without writing a little something…
I fell in love with writing in the third grade. I wrote a poem about love, won a poetry contest, and saw my poem printed in the Seattle Times. Winning the contest alone didn’t spark the flame though; it was my third grade teacher, Mrs. Aigner. She talked to me about how writing is a creative art form with the power to open our minds to new worlds and different ways of thinking and feeling. She described how some people could better express themselves through writing and told me that I was one of those people.
I was hooked.
In fourth grade, I tested poorly for reading comprehension. I was humiliated. I was at a private school and the nuns, who were hired to tutor me, told my mom the tests were wrong. I could comprehend just fine; the problem was my mind worked just a little differently. They proposed teaching me how to speed read, so that my reading pace could keep up with how quickly my mind was processing the information.
It worked like magic. I became an avid reader and began journaling.
I loved reading anything I could get my hands on. The Black Stallion Series, Black Beauty, To Kill a Mockingbird, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, National Geographic magazines, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Middle Passage, art and psychology books, and as I got older, my mom’s (not age appropriate) books that I smuggled from her book shelves. I devoured them all. You name it, I wanted to read it, and the genre didn’t matter.
As the years went on, my love affair with books grew stronger and my need to write my own thoughts and feelings became a compulsion. At one point, I was so freaked out about the extent of everything I had written—all the personal thoughts and feelings I didn’t want shared—that I threw out all my diaries. To this day, this is one of my only regrets.
Writing is a part of who I am. I love to write to express myself, open idea doors, build community, motivate, create, and process thoughts and feelings. I may not be the most amazing writer in the world, but I love it. It’s liberating.
The only problem is that I don’t know how to speed write or type.
Why do you write, build, design, bake, create, or engage in whatever it is you feel the pull to do?
*Click here, if you want to learn more about the National Day on Writing.