To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Why I Write: The My Writing Process Blog Tour

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the My Writing Process blog tour!

Last week, my creativity coach, Jill Winski, tagged me for this tour. I appreciate the opportunity she’s given me to share my writing process. Thank you for the tag, Jill! I hope you’ll visit her terrific blog, the artist’s nest, and read her post on why she writes.

Let’s start with a little story

When I was in the sixth grade, I had to write an essay about something I loved to do.

Back then, I was a huge bookworm. I absolutely loved to read. (I still do!) I was the shy, quiet kid who always had my head buried in a book.

I decided to write my essay on my love of reading – a short piece of about 350 words.

Writing that essay was the first time I put into words something that was important to me. While I had always known intuitively why I loved to read, it was my first attempt to understand a part of myself through the act of writing.

For the first time, I opened up my inner world; I gave voice to something that I felt passionate about; and I shared a hidden – yet authentic – part of myself with others.

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