This week, writers of all stripes earned a nod from Congress

Thursday marked the National Day on Writing, which came with its own Twitter hashtag, of course. Here’s a play-by-play in a special Week in Writing column.

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“Whereas more and more people in every occupation deem writing as essential and influential in their work…”

The resolution didn’t specify if it was honoring fiction or nonfiction, business writing or news writing, writing for money or writing for fun. Just writing.

So, whether writing pays your rent (or mortgage), or you simply enjoy maintaining a blog, it all counts.

Of course, any official day in the Digital Age, especially one about writing, doesn’t just get a declaration from Congress—it gets its own hashtag: #whyIwrite, which remained popular Friday, after writers such as Neil Gaiman, Kurt Andersen, and Andy Richter contributed to it.

The Learning Network blog at The New York Times created the hashtag, and it used several posts this week to promote the day, including a Q&A with seven Times journalists on why they write and a full day of following the best tweets and Writing Day celebrations.

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