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It’s Personal: Why I Like to Write

  Writing helps me think, it helps me to analyze myself and my thoughts and motivations. I often find myself writing when I am struggling with something. Big things and small, they all get written about. I will write complaining letters to my boyfriend, and never send them. I will write a treatise to a […]

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motivation, or something

All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor […]

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Finding what you love through what you don’t

After a year of graduate school, I had thought I had a good idea for the direction of my final project, my thesis. I had been turning over this idea in my mind for over six months, thinking about the sources I could use, the topics I could cover, how exciting it would be to […]

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Power

In first grade, I still wasn’t holding my pencil correctly. I obstinately clutched it in my right fist, determined to work on my printing to prove that it was good enough to not have to change.  I didn’t understand why I couldn’t write my way.  My teacher requested that my mom buy me special large, […]

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Writing to Make the World a Better Place

I am a writer, primarily a short story writer,  because often this is how the world appears to me: I try to stay organized, to schedule, to plan ahead, anticipate change in the world and work around it. I not only have a plan B, but usually a Plan C, D, E, and F as […]

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Writing: A Constant Gesture of Futility

This is going to immediately seem counter-intuitive.  Nonetheless, I will attempt to engage with the idea and hope it means something.  I am constantly struck by the inabilities of writing.  So often I find my writing, and writing in general, fails in so many ways.  Writing cannot do what music, images or films can.  Yet, […]

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Why Write?

  WHY DO WE WRITE? When some things are difficult to speak, we write How we are feeling, sometimes for others, sometimes for You; we want to move someone to smile, to laugh, to cry ­– we write.   Democracy. To be a contributing citizen and to enact change in Our world that desperately needs […]

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