The answer is YES.

I haven’t had a ton of inspiration to write lately. I’m tired and distracted; bobbing along mindlessly in a pre-holiday stupor.

I hit these phases from time to time where I become my own cynic and start asking myself why I bother with this…this writing thing. Week after week, year after year, page after page.


I just got smacked in the face with unsolicited inspiration from one of my favorite writers. I guess this is my answer.

The answer is YES. You should write. Even though everything’s already been said beautifully. Even though there’s nothing new under the sun. Even so. Because there may be nothing new to say, but if you haven’t spoken up yet – then there is a new VOICE to hear. That’s all we have – our voices. No two are the same. No one sees the world QUITE like you do, and no one else can tell us your story QUITE like you could. You are our only chance to know you. You’re it. If you yearn to use your voice and you don’t – we will all suffer for it. Be brave. Be audacious enough to consider that your story is worth telling and your voice is worth hearing. The secret it- it IS. Your story and your voice are worthy of occupying some space in this world. Take it, Sister. Take your space.

What I don’t say enough: Thank you for reading. Thank you, thank you. I appreciate it and I need your support…even though I’ll likely brush off your compliments and act like it’s no big deal. I have this tendency to change the subject and act like writing is just something I do like folding laundry. But it’s actually a pretty huge deal to me and a delicate thing, sharing myself.

I don’t like to be vulnerable emotionally naked, but tonight it feels ok to admit that I need you. I need you to read and I need your support. I stockpile it so that when I hit a blech week of non-spiration I can keep the dream afloat that one day I’ll use my words for more. I don’t know how that will unfold–not a clue. I just know that everything in me wants to reach more people through writing–I long to find ways to help others and make connections and just do good, passionate stuff with my words.

I want to make others feel the way I felt tonight after reading the exact words I needed to hear.

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