Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers from John Riddle, Founder of I Love To Write Day
Biography of John Riddle
As a freelance writer and author for the past 30 years, his byline has appeared in The Washington Post, The News Journal, The Middletown Transcript and dozens of other newspapers. He has written for over 50 magazines and trade journals, including Delaware Today, Charisma & Christian Life, Travel & Leisure, Home Life, Curriculum Administrator and others. He has also written for over 100 Websites, and is the author of 34 books, including Consulting Business, Streetwise Guide to Managing a Nonprofit Agency, The Story of the Pony Express, Getting a Book Contract in 30 Days or Less, and How I Made $66,270 in 9 Months Writing for Websites. He is a frequent presenter at writer’s conferences all across the country, and last year spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He lives in Bear, Delaware.
Question: Why did you create I Love To Write Day?
Answer: “When I worked in the fundraising field a number of years ago I loved planning big special events. One time I tried to set the Guinness Book of World Records by having the most number of people dance the “Twist” in one location. I even got Chubby Checker to tape some Public Service Announcements to help promote the event. As a writer and author, I knew I needed a Website, and when I came up with the name I Love To Write.com, (that site has evolved into I Love To Write Day.org) it wasn’t long before the idea of holding the ‘world’s largest party for writers’ came about. I travel around the country teaching at writer’s conferences and meet many people who love to write, but think they don’t have the time to write. Now there will be a special day where everyone can write something.”
Question: What is your goal for I Love To Write Day?
Answer: “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. But I want people to take the time to put their thoughts down on paper. They will be amazed at the results. Writing can be fun, but also challenging. People need to be challenged, and writing is but one of many creative ways to express yourself. I am very excited because I Love To Write Day activities are already being planned all across the United States. For many people, that 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.”
Question: How can people become involved in I Love To Write Day?
Answer: ”Everyone can join the fun and celebrate I Love To Write Day on November 15. Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Let us know how you will be spending I Love To Write Day, and please help spread the word in your community. Tell your family members, co-workers, Facebook friends, etc., and ask them to tell everyone they know. We need more schools, libraries, bookstores, community centers, senior centers, writing groups and everyday people celebrating I Love To Write Day!”