Sep 20

Why I Write

Why I Write

Why I Write

When I was a little girl, an evil man clamped his hand over my mouth, stifling my screams and taking away my voice. It took almost four decades for me to pry away his fingers and let my voice be heard.

Maybe I ramble. Maybe my stories are mundane or boring. Maybe, sometimes, I say something that makes you think, or feel, or itch. Maybe I’m simply screaming from the top of a mountain, and there’s no one else to hear.

It doesn’t matter. It is my voice, and I claim it.

If I write darkly, it’s because I believe that light shines brightest in the dark. Perhaps that makes some people uncomfortable. Perhaps it should.

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Today’s prompt: Why do you write?


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  1. John Wiswell

    When was the last time you wrote something dark to accentuate light? What was it you pulled off? I hear that approach sometimes and am curious for the execution.

  2. Shelli Proffitt Howells

    I would say this one: http://shelliproffitthowells.com/painted-ladies/
    I also believe that depicting evil provides a contrast with good. Some people glorify it; I don't believe I do. I believe I show the consequences of people's actions, positive and negative. I write to expose, but I also write to show hope and triumphing over one's circumstances.

  3. Shelli Proffitt Howells

    Testing new comments feature.

  4. Nikki McBride Spencer

    I hear you.

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      Now see, that’s all I want. 🙂

  5. Nicole

    I write because make believe people keep crowding my head and I fall in love with them. If I don’t tell their story it gets awfully busy in my mind.

  6. Shelli Proffitt Howells

    And then we get to meet them, too! Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

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