Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Why I Write Blogfest!

So, my buddy Kayeleen organized a "Why I Write Blogfest" and as I have a HORRIBLE track record with remembering I signed up for these things from time to time (sorry Kristin....a million times sorry!), I thought this was my time to prove that I really can follow through if I put my mind to it!

Please ignore the fact that it's now 11:46 pm the night before, I'm at the beach for one of my BFF's weddings, and during a random conversation, I remembered this and freaked out. The important thing is that I ACTUALLY remembered!


So, back to the matter at hand, why I write?

For me, it's easiest to begin with the reason I decided after all those years of school essays and papers to put a pen to paper. And yes, it was a small notebook I purchased and wrote in and yes, I still have it. What I wrote was more of a journal, accompanied by a few poems you can find throughout the blog that I've posted before. The reason was my sister. She was sick. Bad sick. Cancer sick. She was young. Way young. High School young.

I know, right?

Don't worry, she's alive, well, and getting married in a few months. But I didn't know that back then. None of us did. I like to think of her as quite the miracle, though many who have been through this with a loved one, will probably confess that the feeling of dread, that struggle, that thought that life is so precious, it really does fade once the drama has passed.

Wait...I'm off topic. Sorry, it happens. My point? I needed somewhere for all that pain and confusion to go, an outlet, somewhere to put it, so I turned to my journal. I wrote down my feelings, created a few poems, expressed myself. And it helped. Alot. I shared it with a friend who wrote the most amazing song for my sister, one that still moves me to tears, reminds me of that time, her courage, the darkness.

And then I finished college, began to work at a real job, and the writing slowed as her health went back to normal. I'm not quite sure when I picked it back up again, but for me, writing has always been a natural place, therapeutic, my own personal getaway.

Over the years, I wrote a novel, finished it, shelved it, wrote another one. Always writing, but more for hobby than anything actually professional. I never even thought of being published.

Then one day it hit me. What if I could do this thing for real? Have something out there in book world with my name on it? It would be a dream. I love books, I love reading, I love writing, it's a natural progression and with each edit and each book I've written, I've seen myself grow. I don't know where the end of the road is, whether or not I'll ever find that dream agent, but I do know that I'll always write. It heals me in a way few other things can.

Even now, I'm sitting at a party, rock band and singing in the background *taps my foot to the music*, typing away at my keyboard with a smile. There's something about words that sets me free. I can't explain it exactly, but I bet you know what I mean.

And my sister? She's still my biggest fan and reads everything I write. She's a walking inspiration.

What about you? Why do you write?


  1. Yay for remembering! I totally understand that writing for therapy thing. Everything I've written so far has an emotional connection to me own life. Thanks for participating in my blogfest today!

  2. How inspiring! I'm glad your sister is happy and healthy now. Thanks for sharing and have fun!

  3. I'm glad you're writing. Writing for therapy totally works in it's own weird way. Thanks for sharing.

    I did the blogfest too so I answered your question on my blog :)

  4. Writing is a wonderful way to explore our emotions and insecurities. I'm so glad to meet you through this blogfest. It's fun meeting and learning about other writers. Thank you - I'm now following!

  5. So glad about your sister being healthy now - and glad that you turned lemons into lemoncello and started writing. Best. Therapy. in the World.

    Delighted to e-meet you through this blogfest.

    Writing in Flow

  6. It is definitely therapeutic. All those horrid feelings we like to forget, now I write them down. Reading through my old stuff is ... interesting. Glad to hear your sister is doing well.

  7. The freedom- I completely understand!

  8. What a wonderful story! Amazing work sometimes rises out of the ashes of our lives...if not in writing, then music, dance, or art. You actually created a lasting tribute to your sister by recording your thoughts and feelings way back then. What a gift!

  9. I once had a college professor say, "Writing is therapy because it's not."

    I loved that. It is so true. Your entry reminded me of it.

  10. Thanks for sharing, Kristi. So glad to hear that your sister is alive and well and your biggest fan. That's wonderful!

  11. I write to explore, and feel like I accomplished something... and not to mention the simple: I have to write, it’s in my blood answer.

  12. This is such an amazing reason to why you write! I love that even when you put writing down, at some point, it all came back and now your this successful writer. It's great to have found you through this Blogfest and will now become a following reader... *clicks Google Friend Connect Follow button* :)

    Have a nice time at your BFF's wedding!

  13. Oh my goodness, nothing like a family tragedy to throw you into the comfort of a pen and paper, huh? I am so glad to hear that all turned out ok for your sister and she was able to grow, and think it is a fabulous gift that you gave yourself to commit to a life of writing.

    Found you via the blogfest - rather than post my entire answer, you can find me at #12 on Kayeleen's linky list for today. ;)

    Enjoy the wedding celebrations, and thanks for taking time out to share your story with us!

  14. Thanks for all the great responses!

    I'm back in town and making my rounds!