I have spent a lot of time, these few days, pondering the
reasons why I write and share my words online, and in this community
specifically. Had I been asked the same question a few years ago, I would’ve
probably said that I wrote and shared my inked thoughts online in an effort to
hone my craft. That used to be true, and it still is at some level. But at the
moment, it would be more accurate to say that I write and share and read what others share
because I enjoy the sense of community the activity brings.
Some years ago, my immune system started keeping me from
going outside as often as I wanted. These days, the pandemic keeps the whole
world from going outside as much as anyone might want. These facts have
affected what I write and share and my reasons for doing so. I went from always
sharing fiction, even in my poetry, to mostly writing poetry and prose about my
daily life and my observations of the world. When I write, I feel like I am
having a conversation with a room full of friends. I will always write my
beloved dark stories, which I hope to publish someday. But on my blog and
on Instagram, my reasons for writing and sharing involve the spreading of hope,
friendship, and community.
What about you, dear poets and storytellers, why do you
write and share?
Now, the Pantry is open! Share prose or poetry. Let your
contributions be new or old, short or longish (if
going for prose, the word count should be 369 words or fewer). One
link per participant, please. Visit other writers. Comment on their words. Be
- for next Wednesday, Rommy would like us to take our inspiration from the quote “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”, the word October, or from autumn in general.
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