Why (on earth) do I Write? by Susan Harris

As part of our series asking fellow bloggers to answer the question “Why (on earth) do I Write?” I offered guest blogger Susan Harris a penny for her thoughts on the subject:

Writing itself is inconsequential, unless it becomes a means to an end. In my first book, Golden Apples in Silver Settings, I express my thoughts, values and passions, convinced that the audiences who were inspired in earlier years had given credibility to what I was communicating on paper years later. Writing for a paradigm shift. Producing change.

In that book I tell, “As a child I loved reading, and I became an avid dreamer because of knowledge. Geography fascinated me and in my textbooks I travelled the world and saw how people lived, their industries, the topography, oceans, climates, deserts and tundra zones…”

I imagined the places and people I read about. I came alive vicariously through descriptions, prose and facts. Without needing a passport or packing a suitcase I jetted off to lands and crossed seas like Peter Pan. A sprite who would one day write.

I scribble other people’s stories, canonizing their experiences in Little Copper Pennies. I want my readers to live, like I did as a teen, alongside the characters roaming the pages of words and punctuation. So I write to the end that they time-travel back to the 1960s and taste the jawbreakers, feel the loss of not having a red cent, widen eyes at the one recently auctioned for $402,000. To mourn for the penny and what it used to be. 

I write to touch the heart. Capture a juncture in infinity. Find magic in the simple and build crystal castles from homey clay. I write for the same reason I teach. To create new knowledge and paradigm shifts.

The end of writing for me is to change a life for the better. And in writing I find my own life.

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Bio – Susan Harris lives with her family in Melville, Saskatchewan. She is a former teacher and the author of Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one-cent piece, Golden Apples in Silver Settings and Little Copper Pennies for Kids. Visit her at http://www.susanharris.ca or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor

Thank you Susan for joining us today! May your writing continue to create knowledge and touch hearts.

Press on, my friends. Press on,


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5 Responses to Why (on earth) do I Write? by Susan Harris

  1. Bobbi says:

    Your writing about our Canadian Penny preserves history in a very special way. School books and Wikipedia will never do justice to the penny the way your writing has, and will continue to as years go by.

    • Susan Harris says:

      Your observation made my day, Bobbi. I believe it’s only when some one actually browses the book that they can truly appreciate how differently the slant is from other books written on money. Thanks also for taking the time to read it. You encourage me to write.

  2. I can resonate with Susan when she says, “The end of writing for me is to change a life for the better.” Love it!

  3. Susan Harris says:

    Thanks for taking the time to read my words, Kimberley. Always looking for kindred spirits. All the best as you continue to change lives.

  4. Bobbie Cole says:

    I had no idea there was such emotional weight in a penny, Susan. It’s wonderful.

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