#WhyIWrite: Erin

Erin Fletcher, Assistant Manager of Online Content & Research

Today is National Day on Writing! All week, the team behind our writing products - and - has been sharing their stories of why they write. We hope you enjoy getting to know our team and hearing about why they choose to write.

Today's #WhyIWrite comes from Erin Fletcher, our Assistant Manager of Online Content and Research. Erin is also the , author of Where You'll Find Me, Pieces of You and Me, and All Laced Up.

Sometimes it seems crazy to be a writer. I sit in front of a computer for hours at a time, all by myself (well, except for Twitter friends, my cat, and the occasional coffee shop barista). It takes months to write one novel, and there鈥檚 no guarantee the novel will ever be published. In fact, I have spent years working on several manuscripts that will never be published. I鈥檝e been rejected hundreds of times. I鈥檝e given up sleep and social events to meet deadlines. I鈥檝e battled writer鈥檚 block (and lost, badly).

So why do I do it? Why do I put myself through all of that when I could easily quit and pick another hobby, like binge-watching Netflix or coloring?

  • I write because I love it! Despite the negatives, I absolutely love writing. I love when I get an idea and can鈥檛 do anything else until I鈥檝e written it down. I love when I find the exact words to say what I wanted to say. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I complete a project.
  • I write because I have a story to tell. I鈥檝e read incredible books from writers who have inspired me and changed the way I see the world. I aspire to do the same for someone else. Everyone has a story to tell. Someone out there needs to hear that story. I hope someone benefits from reading my books, just like I鈥檝e benefitted from reading others.
  • I write because being an author is fun! I鈥檝e been a guest speaker at several schools. I鈥檝e been interviewed for a radio show in another state. Readers from all over the world have read the books I wrote. That will never stop being surreal!
  • I write because I can鈥檛 not write. It鈥檚 part of who I am. It鈥檚 how I express myself. It encompasses my hopes, goals, and dreams. And I wouldn鈥檛 have it any other way.

Happy National Day on Writing!