National Day of Writing: #WhyIWrite

National Day of Writing: #WhyIWrite

October 20, 2017 is the National Day of Writing. Writers and classrooms all over the country are celebrating writing and thinking about why we write. You can see more about today at the National Writing Project site at

I’ve written before about this topic, but here’s my answer for today. I write so my readers know they aren’t alone. 

Many times in my life, I’ve read a book or story that made me nod yes, think I’ve felt like that, or That’s what it’s like for me too. Books have helped me feel less alone, and given me the courage to do what I need to do in my own life. I want to give others the same gift, help them see they are not alone. 

We may feel alone at times, but really, we’re all in the same boat. All humans have the same emotions, and many of the same experiences. Whether you’re male, female, gay, straight, trans, black, brown, white, able, disabled—whatever categories you identify with—you have more things in common with others than you might think.  And reading helps you learn that, or remember that if you already knew. I hope that reading my stories will add to that knowledge.

Why do you write? Tell us here, and add #WhyIWrite posts to your social media today. Happy National Day of Writing!

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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