Nicole Valentine: 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 Nicole Valentine. Nicole will graduate with an MFA in Young Adult Fiction from Vermont College in July of 2012, and she’s just had a short story published in the anthology Chester County Fiction.

I have been putting words to paper for as long as I can remember.  I began writing as a child because I felt like my world was too small.  I quickly realized reading and writing could take me anywhere I wanted to go, without the money for a plane ticket. Writing, for me, has always been an exercise in exploration. I write because I know the purest and most effective way to visit another world is by losing oneself in the pages of a book. When all those black dashes and squiggly lines fall into place, a portal is created and the reader willingly falls in to the story. A book is the world’s oldest and simplest technology to experience, and still the hardest to compile.

I write because I want to be a creator of portals, builder of worlds, and seeder of dreams.

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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