Thoughts on writing and why I think you need to be

pc: Alana Jamison

“Consciousness is a story your brain is telling your self.” — Mike McHargue

“Anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life.” — Flannery O’Connor from Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

“I believe the life we live has a direct impact on what we want to read, when we want to read it, and what we write, and when we write it.” — Elena Georgiou

What if you considered your life a story and each conversation you held a conversation that could read like dialogue in a book? Stories touch the human conscience. They are an integral part of how we interact with the world. Learning how to communicate stories well should be an integral part of our education, too.

Choosing to write is one way to do this. It is a common way people communicate, and through writing, we have the opportunity to offer ourselves and our stories to a greater community. By choosing to share our stories with others, we become active participants in the world and contributors to a greater story.

We all have a story we need to tell — that thing we must write before we can write anything else.

This story is not confined to genre or artistic expression, but it will create community. It will create a path for others to empathize with the world through your experience. As a current student in a MFA in creative writing program, this process of learning to tell my story has been invaluable to me.

Writer, English teacher, MFA holder

Writer, English teacher, MFA holder