Why I Write, and Why You Should Too.

Sudden Epiphanies.

As many of you already probably know, I’m not a fantastic writer. Some of you may even go to the extent of saying the phrase: Oh, no! You’re actually a really great writer, Michelle! But all of you who say that are lying. It’s obviously written in my essay grades. Nonetheless, I still write. And you may ask why, and I will tell you today, as well as a little story about myself.

I’ve grown up hating writing. It never was my thing–probably because I wasn’t good at it. Either way, I just thought writing was a hassle. It required work, and work was basically an unidentified foreign object to me. I didn’t understand it when I was three, and I still don’t. But with time, I’ve grown to love reading other people’s works. I learned that writing is, in fact, not “work”, but considered as a past-time. So…

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Writing Unplugged

Dana Johnson

One of my favorite (or at least most rewarding) things to do is spend an entire morning on my deck working on an essay, researching, and reading books. I love the cool breeze paired with my hot coffee. I love the natural light and the surrounding wildlife. I like when big, dozy bumble bees hover around me, mistaking my floral dress for actual flowers.

This past weekend, I broke out my typewriter and was even visited by a good friend of mine (yes, she’s a chicken, and shortly after this photo was taken she began to peck at my bruises).

JJTypewriter It felt so nice to be outside, surrounded by fresh air. This was on Saturday, and I challenged myself to stay away from my computer until 5:00 pm. Only then could I check my email, update my blog, or check the Sunday weather forecast. If I wanted to check a…

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Writing for a reason

The diaries of the happy loner

Writing is about unveiling yourself. It is about taking out all the layers that surround you. A true writer digs into his heart and exposes everything. He leaves himself vulnerable.

The richness of words only come from honesty. Characters come from the most enchanted places and they are nurtured by the writer´s believes, hopes, and fears. When the writer writes, he submerges himself into a trance where ideas flow naturally, a small voice wakes in his mind telling him secrets of the story.

I write because it heals my soul, because it makes me honest, because it lets me be myself. I write because I free myself and reach a mind state where everything is possible. I dive into a land of power, because writers do have power, a mighty power that can touch readers’ hearts, speak to them, and convince them of whispers, voices, and feelings. There is nothing…

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finding advice I gave myself in graduate school

a bowl of goodbyes

I was flipping through my sketch books and found this.

I did a lot of doodling to stay awake… On the top of the right page I told myself:

No but seriously


Purely for myself

Don’t make sense to others

Don’t strap self to being the same

Be ridiculous

 I had a hard time keeping true to myself with so many opinions in my ear. I ended up leaving grad school toward the end of second semester.

…I’m still trying to find my way


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Why write?

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Why I Write…

A Creative Writer Mind

To sit down and ponder over what it is that drives me to write is something I find maddening. It’s one of those things that you feel like you should be able to do with ease, and then you sit down to put down the words and you freeze. That being said, I’d like to believe that my inability to pinpoint the reason is because there is an abundance of them, and because I have been writing for as long as I can remember. It’s always just been something that was a part of me, and something that I wanted to do ever since I was little. I was a shy kid, and still am, and it has always been so much easier for me to sit down and write out what I need to say instead of vocalizing it.

I guess you could say that I write because even…

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100th Blog Post

Susie Reynolds Reece

This is my 100th blog post. That seems like a small triumph but then I think back to all the things I have written over the years. The thousands of pieces that I have put onto paper over my entire lifetime. The words that have streamed from my consciousness into reality. They left me and with them they took a piece of my heart. Sometimes they lightened that dreadful thing and other times they darkened it. I cannot even recall the millions of words (if not trillions) that have been formed within my mind. I can’t recall the pieces that filled me with contentment.

I have written words on paper and poured them into books. I have jotted them onto notes. I have whispered them into the hearts of those that surrounded me at whatever point in time. I have lost them to deaf ears and blind eyes. I have…

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Help me publish Fall in Love with Writing

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Welcome to the new blog!

The Book Project is out, Fall in Love with Writing is in!

Since the book now has a title, I thought I’d revamp this blog and keep it in the spirit of the book.

I’ve been blown away by all the bloggers who have allowed me to include their words and photos in the book. Thank-you so much! I hope you get to hold the book in your hands soon.

It’s been so fun that I’m already thinking about the next book and I hope many of you can be included in that one too.

But about this blog, it’s a space for real people to share about writing using your real, honest and simple words. It’s mostly for to-be-writers, beginning writers and anyone who needs encouragement in their writing journey – isn’t that all of us!

Ultimately, it’s to inspire people to write and fall (more) in love with writing. That’s my dream.

My other blog Out of the Well, is more of a personal blog even though I focus on writing a lot. The main difference in the writing posts there is that many of them are for the more advanced writer and deal with the craft of writing. This blog is one that encourages people that anyone can write, even if our grammar and prose aren’t perfect.

If writing gives you something good, then write.

So check out the new submissions page and if you want to be part of the new book, check out that out too.


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