Why Do You Write?

“From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books.” —George Orwell, “Why I Write” 1946

We don’t want anyone going and outraging their true natures (gah), so Figment has joined up with the New York Times Learning Network, the National Writing Project, and Edutopia to celebrate the National Day on Writing. Leading up to the big day on October 20, we’ll be doing loads of celebrating here at Figment with author Q&As, some Twitter excitement, and even a live Internet radio show featuring your fellow Fig, James Loveless.

But first, we’re turning the question of Why I Write to you.

Your answer to this question can take any form—a short story, an essay, free verse. It can be abstract or straight to the point. It’s up to you. But tell us: why do you write?

While this isn’t a contest per se, select responses will be published in a schmancy e-book later this winter.

So check out the festival page for the details . . . and stay tuned for more exciting stuff here on Figment!

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