Why I Write

by Ruby on October 11, 2011

Our September writing contest on the topic Why I Write and Why It Is Still Important has concluded! Susan was our 2nd place winner and she took home a Graf Von Faber Castell Guilloche Coral Rollerball, and Andrew was our 1st place winner who received a Cross Torrero Braided Black Rollerball with his custom engraving option on the cap and 50 engraved Monogrammed notes from Crane & Co.

Click here to see the winning entry, or just read the text:

When I was twelve years old or so, I had a 12-month Ziggy calendar. It was my small town version of a daily planner. I recall writing in the squares for each day of the week what I had accomplished or what I hoped to do. It was a visual snapshot of my young life. Writing down those things gave me a sense of hope and autonomy, even if it was only a cartoon calendar.

Today, writing still gives me the same sense of being. As I see the words form as they flow from the tip of my pen, there’s an awareness of coming into my life. “Oh, yes, I’m here!” my soul exclaims. Writing with my hand, watching the ink travel across the page, advancing like a meandering stream, it reaffirms that I am a creator. It’s the link from my mind to the material world; a bridge to connect the two.

Writing with pen and ink has been with us for centuries, ever since papyrus was pounded in to paper. As humans we are drawn to its organic nature. It’s a somatic experience engaging us in a very different way than sitting at a keyboard. It’s profoundly personal; like a fingerprint. What I write about, the way I cross out my rejected thoughts on the page, the curve of my letter “c” is like no one else’s. It’s a universal reminder that I am unique, connected through time and ink to every other unique human.

And click here for the second place entry, or just read the text:

A graceful thing happens when I pick up a pen and lay a sheet of paper before me. I feel the continuity of tradition arcing back through history. All that we know of the past comes to us from stories – both spoken and written. Wherever devotion to learning flourished, curricula of medieval universities were compiled with pen and paper. Writers whose works I cherish, from St. John who walked with Jesus, to Thomas Gray, Jane Austen and John Keats, took up pen and paper to immortalize their history, stories and poetry. It was about hand-written words on the page.

Whenever I seek to deliver my own “forget-me-not” stories to my children’s children, I shall employ handwriting and paper. To be in touch with the tangible and the timeless, I select the simplest of tools. Thus I pick up a pen and lay a blank sheet of paper on the table before me.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our September contest! Remember, the October contest is still going on – just print out this entry form, then bring it (in person) to the Vroman’s Fine Writing, Gifts, and Stationery store at 667 E. Colorado Blvd.

Why do you love to write?