I Love to Write Day was created in 2002 by Delaware-based author, John Riddle. Riddle has been writing for the past thirty years and has written a total of 34 books so far. When asked why he decided to create a day dedicated to the love he and many other people have for writing, he said, “My goal for I Love To Write Day is to have people of all ages spend time writing. 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.”
Riddle believes that people need to be challenged, and writing is but one of many creative ways to express yourself. “For many people, that (I Love to Write Day) will be the beginning of their writing career. I Love To Write Day has the potential to launch the career of the next John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King or Toni Morrison.”
My love for writing started back in sixth grade. My teacher, Mrs. Wolf, taught English and gave us creative writing story assignments. I still remember all the props she had hanging from the ceiling lights to spark our imagination. They were mostly hats, but they helped to take you out of your everyday surroundings and into an imaginary world. I still vividly remember one story I created around a historical event. I just changed the outcome. I was the only one who actually had proof that Elvis was really alive – not like all of these other news stories out there. I had the cold hard evidence. The only problem was I knew why he was alive and was hiding from everyone, I just couldn’t tell anyone because he wanted me to keep it a secret. Oh, to be a kid again and have time to write those kinds of stories!
Good news! If you are a Bellevue University student, faculty, or staff member then you have a unique opportunity to have your creative work(s) published in the Bellwether. The Bellwether is an annual publication of Bellevue University that is published in June, to coincide with graduation. The Bellwether prints creative prose, poetry, and visual art, as well as academic and literary writing. The mission is to feature outstanding artistic works with a diversity of voices, styles, and subjects meaningful to the Bellevue University community. You can submit your work year-round to firstname.lastname@example.org, and direct any questions to Amy Nejezchleb 402-557-5449 or email@example.com . The deadline for the next issue is April 1.
I guess the point is that we all need to take the time to do the things we enjoy. So, how can you keep “I Love to Write Day” alive? Take some time today to do a little writing! Let us know what kind of writing you enjoy.