October 20th is National Day on WritingMarianna Tabares

Every week, I try to send out at least one greeting card or letter to a friend. If you’ve read some of my previous pieces on this site, you also know I have a prison pen pal. I try to write to him as often as he does me because his sister believes that creating that kind of dialogue will help give him the perspective he most needs so he can keep his head on straight. Writing can build and destroy relationships, whether they are personal or public. One bad blog entry can cost you several readers. One really thoughtful piece can speak to people you’ve never met before and lead to new friendships. Whatever the result, the most important thing that happened is writing.

On October 20, 2011, many people will participate in the National Day on Writing, which was established by the National Council of Teachers of English. The website for the event suggests submitting a piece of writing into what they describe as “a digital archive of compositions accessible to all through a free, searchable website – a living archive of thousands of examples of writing from across the United States.” This thing sounds like its got a pulse.

Writing is so much more than what happens with pen and paper. Conception begins in your imagination and it manifests in blogs, poetry readings, videos, and even audio clips. It doesn’t matter how you choose to present whatever you’ve composed because it is rooted in the desire to create and share. Some of you probably listen to NPR and you love listening to This American Life and other storytelling radio shows. They are comforting, enlightening, insightful, and inspiring. Writing stories and sharing them unites our different cultures and helps us dip into the experiences of others in an effort to better understand who we are in this world.

Writing is cathartic. We blog, write in our private journals or send letters.

Writing is informative.  We love newspapers, well-researched articles and open letters.

Writing gives us our favorite television shows and movies, most of which are inspired by our favorite novels.

You may choose to submit a piece of writing to the NCTE website, but you can also do the little things. I’ve slipped cards into my coworker’s mail box to let him know he doesn’t suck. I do my best to have stamps in my purse so I can mail out a quick note to my closest friends because there’s something very special about taking a moment to sit and write out words to someone you care about. It’s a gesture that is like a hug in a mailbox.

Are you up for it?

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  1. I’m so glad I found this site! I love it! I love writing too, and have a few blogs. So far, I’ve only read from Marianna, and Marianna, I LOVE your writing!! I posted your Zak Bagans one on my facebook. (I saw it on Twitter, and that’s how I found this site.) Anyway, I can’t wait to read more. Keep up the good work!

  2. I’m so glad I found this site! I love it! I love writing too, and have a few blogs. So far, I’ve only read from Marianna, and Marianna, I LOVE your writing!! I posted your Zak Bagans one on my facebook. (I saw it on Twitter, and that’s how I found this site.) Anyway, I can’t wait to read more. :-) Keep up the good work! :-)

  3. Great article!!! I thought I was the only person who loves to actual write things down…. On paper and send real letters….. Even if it’s just a note….. Seeing someone’s handwritten note is far more meaningful than a 12 page email!!

    • I love sending little things, and sometimes it almost becomes a test, though not on purpose. If I send a guy a nice card and he freaks instead of appreciating it, then goodbye!

  4. Love this–I am so passionate about writing, and it’s what I do for a living, so I couldn’t be a happier woman! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I’m going to start carrying stamps around, too. Sending friends and loved ones a special note every now and then sounds like an incredible way to let them know you love them!

  6. You and I are just alike.

    • You mean you cry into your pillows every night too? Just kidding :)

  7. An Atlanta based radio station is working on what they call “The Bert Show’s Big Thank You” the goal is to deliver a hand written thank you to all the service men and women based outside of the US on Thanksgiving. I would greatly appreciate it if you would write a letter of gratitude. You can find the mailing info her: http://thebertshow.com/the-bert-shows-big-thank-you/

  8. Love your words! All of them!

  9. and don’t forget that next month is national novel writing month!