Ellen Parsons: 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. Today we hear from Figment staffer Ellen Parsons, who’s a YA book reviewer for RT Book Reviews Magazine in her non-Fig life.

On my hands: so I don’t forget.

Grocery lists: to avoid hours wandering the aisles.

On legal pads: to-do.

Book reviews: to rain down judgment.

A blog: for the anonymity.

On Twitter: to follow.

With eyeliner: to beautify.

Text messages: 2 ask wut up.

Post cards: to say, “I’m away.”

On mirrors and car windows: because there’s no other use for condensation.

Letters: for you.

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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