I write because I have a strong need to make art. I’ve always felt it. My first career was as a professional ballet dancer. Later I took up photography, printmaking, and painting. I began writing after my son was born. When you have a kid and a full-time job you don’t have long stretches of…… Continue reading WHY I WRITE??? #7 ft Bradley W. Wright
I write for totally selfish reasons: it’s fun and it helps me smile. I am not a prolific writer; my brain doesn’t have a storage for lots of ideas yet, but I have poured some of my heart into the words I’ve let out so far. Writing Soft on Soft in 2018 wasn’t planned at…… Continue reading WHY I WRITE??? #6 ft Mina Waheed
Why I write. When I first read the question, my mind drew a blank. Why do I write? And how does it tie to my identities? It’s not so much to see myself reflected in fiction. As an abled-bodied cis white girl, I’ve been fairly blessed on that account. Characters might never be quite like…… Continue reading WHY I WRITE??? #5 ft Claudie Arseneault
There’s a distinct shift in publishing right now. We see it – most of us feel it, but some are having a difficult time grasping what it means to be an Ownvoices author. Even the term makes people lift an eyebrow. It’s in the same pool as ‘thought-police’ and ‘snowflake’, both labels slapped on anything…… Continue reading WHY I WRITE??? #4 Ft Taylor Barton
When I’m in the middle of writing, I do it because there are stories, characters, and worlds in me that I need to express. They drive the entire process. Once I get going, they take over, living their lives in my head, and it’s all I can do to try to keep up. But…… Continue reading WHY I WRITE??? #3 Ft Jaylee James
Why I Write Ask me why I write on any other day and the answer would be different. Probably it would simply be that I can’t not write. Lately though, I’ve been thinking about how I got this way. How did I come to value the written word this much? If you read God Smites…… Continue reading WHY I Write??? #2 Ft Ishara Deen
Since the very thoughtful and kind, Ayah Assem, asked me to write a piece for her “Why I Write” blog series, I have been wracking my brain about this seemingly innocent clause. That brain power led me a few places, most of them being my kitchen for snacks, but some have also included my reasoning…… Continue reading WHY I Write??? #1 Ft Imani Josey
This is a new series that I am really excited to finally start. I have been thinking about doing this for quite a while now, and I can’t wait to share with you this new bookish series. I will be inviting mostly marginalized and diverse Authors over here to talk about why they wrote Own…… Continue reading Introducing: WHY I WRITE???