The Occasional Shippment

Occasional thoughts from a young adult reveling in the messiness of life.

Why I Write

Why do we do the things we do? As someone who was raised to put more faith in logic and rational than anything else, I constantly struggle with the “whys” in life. But one that I don’t often struggle with is why I write. It’s an answer that I’ve always just known.

I was born to be a storyteller.

Now, I don’t claim to be a great storyteller, but it’s something that’s just always been there.

When I was around 8 or 9 years old, I was remember being moved by the way the sun sparkled on the surface of a lake we were driving by on the way to a family outing. The thoughts in my head strung together, finding meter and rhyme as if poetry was the only medium that could capture the beauty of what I was seeing. 

I wrote my first poem then and continued to write poetry through my first few years of college, where poetry writing gave way to short fiction. Looking for a way to continue doing what I love while actually making a living, I honed my professional writing skills in grad school and embarked on a career in marketing and public relations—professional storytelling, as I like to think of it.

These days in my (not so) spare time, I write because in many ways I have no choice. There’s a feeling I get–an overwhelming moment where I realize that something is coming out whether I like it or not—and the second I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, I feel a great release as the words come pouring out of me.

It’s an amazing feeling for me, and I hope that you enjoy what you find on the pages here.

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