Delaware author John Riddle established “I Love To Write Day” in 2002. According to the I Love To Write Day organization’s press release, the day is now celebrated in over 28,000 schools across the United States, with bookstores, libraries, community centers, and just plain writers also joining in the fun.
“My goal for I Love To Write Day is to have people of all ages spend time writing,” says Riddle. “They can write a poem, a love letter, a greeting card, an essay, a short story, start a novel, finish a novel…the possibilities are endless. But I want people to take the time to put their thoughts down on paper. They will be amazed at the results. . . . When people become stronger writers, they become better communicators, and everyone wins.”
In 2008, Kansas City area author, Mary-Lane Kamberg, published a book entitled The I Love To Write Book – Ideas & Tips for Young Writers. You might consider giving this book to the kids in your life. Start their writing habit young.
But for all my readers, old and young and in between, my challenge to you today is to participate in “I Love To Write Day.”
Write something. Now. (I don’t think Riddle will care if you see this post on November 14 and celebrate a day early.)
As a former employee of Hallmark Cards, I can recommend a greeting card as a fine thing to write. When I moved into Human Resources at Hallmark, I made a point of writing birthday and company anniversary notes to the people who worked for me and to many other friends and colleagues in the company. I think they were appreciated – I know I always appreciated the recognition I received.
We all have people we need to recognize and thank for the blessings they bring to our lives. Pick someone, and write a note today.
If you can’t think of anyone to write to, write a comment in response to this post.