Dana Goodyear: Why I Write

In celebration of the National Day on Writing (October 20), we’re asking you why you write. So it only seemed fair that we, the Figment team, told you a little bit about why we write. We begin with Figment co-founder and New Yorker staff writer, Dana Goodyear, who sent us this response via iPhone while on a reporting trip in Tijuana.

I am writing this from a hotel room in Tijuana, listening to the pipes gargle in the bathroom and the muffled, frustrated sound of a couple arguing in Spanish through thin walls. Pink light blesses the window; outside, three businessmen are playing golf in tidy pastel cashmere V-necks. What are they thinking? What will they have for dinner, and where, and with whom? Who would I be if I lived here? I write to find out.

Sent from my iPhone

Figment is celebrating the National Day on Writing with the New York Times Learning Network, the National Writing Project, and Edutopia. Be sure to tell us why you write on our festival page, read author Q-and-A’s from the New York Times Learning Network, and check out more great essays about why writers write at NWP.

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