Why We Write

Submission Guidelines

Not very complicated: please submit as a Word file, and try to keep your piece to about two pages.  Send submissions to whywewrite@gmail.com.  Understand that we may edit for length or content, but we haven’t had to do much of that so far and we swear a lot.  Don’t write anything slanderous, or that you might regret later, because we take no responsibility for what happens after your words hit the blogosphere.  Or before, for that matter.  Try to be personal, interesting, and passionate.  And put the dishes in the dishwasher before you leave the house.


  1. Hi there,
    Living in Spain, I wrote some novels in French and I’m looking for somebody, to translate and edit them in the States! The themes are about world war two, science, diving, new technology, action and very close tho reality, for screen adventures. Well I am already seventy five, so if somebody is interested, get hurry before my children have to publish them! Cheers to all the Writers, the make the World feel Better!
    Jean van Steen.
    PS, sorry my English grammatic, Cheers to all of You!!!

    Comment by juan van steen — January 15, 2008 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

    • Hello Jean!

      I can help you with some research about translation using a program or computer.
      And I know one fantastic publisher. But this information is available without me. I was writing to you because I think this sounds like a really great and interesting project!

      So “cheers!” I think it great that are 75!
      Please contact me if you want the additional information,

      Patricia Echevarria

      Comment by Patricia — October 21, 2010 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  2. I write because i can. That piece of paper is the one place where my freedom can not be taken away.

    Comment by Christi Quinn — January 30, 2008 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  3. I love that Why We Write accepts writers at all stations of their career and even those people who are claim not yo be writers–or at least those without credits–can be accpeted

    I never missed a day of the strike and when I submitted my little modest essay entry to WWW, not only did Charlie give me the third degree, he also required (and questioned my professional standing) that I provide my credits and name.

    I find it terribly ironic that someone without credits can be accepted on WWW, but there’s no litmus test for them.

    Comment by Jake Hollywood — February 25, 2008 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  4. Writing is as essential as Breathing!!

    Comment by Heather Mirassou — September 10, 2008 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  5. I’ve stumbled onto this site whilst researching the film ‘Nottingham’ I write and was dismayed that your archives only go back as far as April 2008. Why is this? is the writers strike in the US or something else? Do you need a reporter to go interview writer? I’m willing and able, drop me a line.

    It’s interesting to us fledgling (ok maybe not to fledgling) writers and communicators to read how our heroes do it. What motivates then and makes them begin the often laborious task of getting an idea on the the page

    Comment by Sharon Warman — October 2, 2008 @ 6:23 am | Reply

  6. Hi, I “stumbled upon”, not by accident, your blog site/web site. I am publishing a book entitled Caught in the Net, a story of internet addiction and romance by Sunshine44. It is a true story. I became addicted to AOL when the cost was $2.95 an hour. Not many people remember the times before unlimited internet use. I spent hours upon hours in the Hopelessly Romantic chat room. I flew to Madison, Wisconsin to meet a gentleman who I later found out, had hammer toes and a large hernia that protruded off of his belly, as well as he snored very loudly and talked in his sleep. He failed to mention these things in his “profile.” Who would? Anyways, would you be kind enough to read my Preface to Caught in the Net? It can be found on createspace.com The link is:

    Thanks Miriam

    Comment by Miriam Carney — March 28, 2009 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

  7. I love to Write
    it mack my rilic

    טכנאי מחשבים

    Comment by טכנאי מחשבים — May 22, 2009 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  8. Very informative post. thanks for sharing ))

    Comment by רשלנות רפואית — September 13, 2009 @ 12:27 am | Reply

  9. I came to your wonderful blog while thinking why people write. I have a literary page in the newspaper where I work. This goes to public once in a week. I try to give them a thoughtful edit on any subject related to literature. This week an insight came from within that I should write on why we write. Thus in search of something said previously on the subject, I encoutered your blog. Goodluck.

    Comment by Dr. Subhash Rai — April 29, 2010 @ 6:05 am | Reply

  10. Dear Mr. Charlie Craig and/or Ms. Thania St. John:

    Several months ago, America’s Choice requested permission to use the text from essay “Number 49” by Jessica Kane, Why We Write: A Series of Essays, February 21, 2008. We have no record of your response. (This might be explained by a change in personnel in our office.)

    Would you please confirm the status of this request. We would like to use “Number 49” as a sample essay in our Exposition Foundations Study for secondary students scheduled to be printed very soon.

    Please let me know how to go about requesting permission to use this piece and if you need additional information.

    Thank you.

    Lucy Hidalgo
    America’s Choice, Inc.
    1701 River Run, Suite 702
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    (817) 882-9515 (phone)
    (888-735-8224) (fax)

    America’s Choice, Inc. (“America’s Choice”) is a comprehensive school reform organization based in Washington, DC. We work with schools to align standards, instruction, and assessments, focusing teaching on students’ needs and how to move students to achievement of the standards. Our program features research-based teaching strategies, extended daily literacy and math instruction, in-school literacy and math coaches for teachers, and a “safety-net” system for struggling students. A national network of America’s Choice curriculum and teaching experts help schools implement the school-improvement program through on-campus, regional, and national training efforts that use a wide range of America’s Choice instructional materials.

    Comment by Lucy Hidalgo — May 27, 2010 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  11. nice post

    Comment by john — October 26, 2010 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  12. Soon after arriving in New York City from Cuba at age nine, I started writing screenplays, first in Spanish then in English. I was constantly bullied in school all the way to my junior high. I was quiet, shy, scared and I was carrying the burden of two secrets. I had been molested prior to leaving Cuba, with my mother and older brother, by a male family friend, neighbor and I was fighting my own sexuality, I liked other boys, but was terrified of any other classmates or even my family from realizing my secrets. So I retrieved. I had no friends, male or female. I now think that it was because of my molestation that I just couldn’t trust anyone. My best friends were my characters, writing became my survival, my escape, my therapy. Through my characters I could be everything that I wanted to to, who ever I wanted to be except my real self. In my stories I was popular, I had friends, girlfriends, I was strong, outgoing, I was not gay. I hated that part of me. I fear it because I knew if my mother knew it would hurt her. She loved me more than her own life and my abuser new it. He told me, “you are to never tell your mother about what happened here today (in his bedroom, where I was trapped) because you know your mother’s temper, she would kill me and go to jail.” He was right, so I never told anyone. My mother died in 2001 (this happened in 1968) and I never told her. My father till this day doesn’t know. My abuser is still living in Cuba, with wife and children. A few years back I wrote a screenplay titled “Shared Scars” in here I tell my sexual abuse story, my rape is more like it. I’ve written 9 screenplays as an adult and I continue to put my stories out there, through pitches and contest. I write everyday, my stories are all human stories, overcoming adversity stories. I have total faith in God that very soon I will find someone who will want to champion my stories and produce them. Writing saved my life and it is a gift from God I will always cherish, protect and continue to cultivate. Art, creativity, saves lives and must be encouraged and protected.

    Comment by Jorge Prieto — July 30, 2017 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

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