We Asked 83 NU Students, Faculty, and Staff Why They Write and These Are Their Responses

The Writing Center celebrated The National Day on Writing in style and on trend. We asked people passing outside Snell Library why they write and got responses that ran the gamut from serious (because it helps societies advance) to lighthearted (because #puns). We loved seeing your responses and sharing them on Twitter, where over 33,000 people shared their reasons with the hashtag #WhyIWrite.

 

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“Because you can create UNIVERSES with your fingers. Yeah.”

 

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“I write to make sense of things.”
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“It keeps my brain happy!”
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“Responsibility.”

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“To reflect on the messy realities of everyday life.”
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“Because it lifts you up like a balloon!”
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“School obligation, G.P.A.”
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“To raise awareness about organ donation”
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“To express my thoughts.”
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“I write to discover what I’m thinking.”
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“I write to laugh!”
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“I write games, which tell stories.”
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“Because I need to remember!”
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“We get lost and find ourselves again.”
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“To make money for the future.”
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“Because I love reading.”
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“Sometimes it can be fun.”
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“To fight the inevitable heat death of the universe.”
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“Self-expression.”
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“Because I love to tell stories.”
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“Because my jokes deserve to be forever recorded.”
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“Self Expression.”
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“To record life, to express.”
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“To convey issues that affect a local and global community.”
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“Because #puns.”
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“Because they tell me to.”
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“Because it always feels right!”
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“For relaxation <3!”
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“To organize and communicate my thoughts!”
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“I write because if I don’t I fail my English class.”
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“I can’t not create.”
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“To get my thoughts down.”
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“I love telling stories.”
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“To get a good grade!”
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“I write for Paul.”
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“To express emotion of life.”
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“To make a difference.”
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“To get things done.”
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“Because it helps me get to a place I hope the world would be like.”
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“I write because through writing I can find my true self.”
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“Because I love writing poetry!”
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“I write because I want everyone to enjoy their life!”
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“To express my thoughts…probably.”
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“To ease the mind” and “to remember.”

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“creative expression.”
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“I write to discover what I didn’t know I could say.”
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“Because I need to practice.”
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“To inspire!”
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“I write because…society tells me to.”
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“I write to make sense of my thoughts.”
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“I write because I’m told to.”
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“I like writing because it helps societies advance and because it helps me express my feelings.”
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“I write because my grades depend on it.”

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“Writing is dreaming”

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“I write to learn about myself.”
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“I write to convey.”
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“I write because I need to text the girls.”

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“To share experience.”
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“I write to express and not to impress.”
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“I write to live a semi-independent life through the written word.”
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“I write to communicate.”

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