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Why I Write? (Hint: It's Not Because It's Easy)

Celebrating the why of writing on the National Writing Project's Day on Writing

    Editor's Note: Along with the National Writing Project, Figment, and The New York Times Learning Network, we are celebrating the National Day on Writing today. As part of this celebration, we're inviting writers to share the why of writing in an essay, poem or post. Please add your own thoughts in the comment section below, and/or follow the hashtag #whyiwrite on Twitter.

    Writing compresses my thoughts
    Some escaping my grasp Like a
    Slippery eel some trapped
    Manipulated dissected prodded
    Then set free on a tether only
    To be yanked back, restrained again

    Writing shatters the chains
    Of the jailers of creativity
    Follow one rule, break all rules
    Speed, steal, dive below morality
    Test ethical boundaries

    Writing brings back childhood
    Smells, sights, pain, pleasure
    The comfort of a plastic toy
    The excitement of the basement

    Writing persuades
    The tightest bolt to loosen
    The rust cracking and crumbling
    Like flakes of baked wheat

    Writing sometimes occurs
    So effortlessly that the words
    Connect like a pre-made puzzle
    And, most of the time, writing
    Is as difficult as trying to slide
    A slimy oyster into a slot machine

    I write for nonreaders
    I write for the oppressed
    I write what I want to read
    I write to think
    I write to discover
    I write for the sake of writing

    I write because I must
    There's really no choice

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