If you haven’t met John Riddle, let me introduce you. http://www.ilovetowriteday.org/
I Love to Write Day is his brainchild. He founded the day in 2002. Today, nine governors have officially proclaimed November 15 as I Love to Write Day in their states and they urge their residents to find time to write and celebrate the day.
Tomorrow is a day for celebrating the written word; after all, it’s how we communicate: books, newspapers, magazines, email, blogs, facebook, twitter, and the list goes on. John’s goal for November 15th is to encourage people of all ages to write something, a poem, a letter, an essay, begin a novel, finish a novel…the possibilities are endless!
In June, when I met John at the Southeastern Writers Association workshop, I also met Patrick Hempfing, a writer with a monthly column in moments. http://media.morristechnology.com/mediafilesvr/flv/flipbook/Moments/november2011/index.html On page 14, you’ll discover Patrick’s interesting twist on November 15th and how he’ll take the writing celebration to his daughter’s elementary class to mark the occasion. I’m wondering if he’s going to rally the governor’s office to make Georgia the 10th state to participate.
Not sure what to write? I’m sure your grandmother or long lost cousin would love a letter. However, here’s another suggestion. It comes from the writing class that I’m taking with Nancy Knight –
Take a few calming breaths, get comfortable in your chair, slide a piece of paper in front of you – this is sometimes easier than staring at a blank computer screen – then visualize these items: a cup, knife, book, rug, and a surprise element, such as a rose or skull.
Now write a paragraph using these elements. It will only take ten minutes.
When you’re done, please share them with all of us by posting them in Comments. Everyone comes from a different perspective and it makes reading the entries very fun. Don’t be bashful. Write! ~ Linda Joyce