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Why I Write MAG

September 30, 2008
By Emily Marsteller, NW Washington, DC

I write to create
In the world’s massive novel
A page of my own

The author's comments:
I wrote this poem to express my passion for writing. Writing is my way to have my voice heard.

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Sail_ BRONZE said...
on Oct. 20 2011 at 3:42 pm
Sail_ BRONZE, Eugene, Oregon
3 articles 10 photos 196 comments
wow, it's so short and simple, and yet says so much

ElectricDtv said...
on Oct. 12 2011 at 3:08 pm
ElectricDtv, Three Rivers, Michigan
0 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
dont really have one

that is realy good its people like you who inspire me to do these things keep up the great work

on Oct. 11 2011 at 5:05 pm
Artemis--Sherwood GOLD, Hemet, California
16 articles 0 photos 43 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We're all stories in the end."

OHEMGEEEE! Finally someone else who understands how I feel! Where have you been all my life? :)

on Oct. 8 2011 at 6:15 pm
emsolsen SILVER, New Canaan, Connecticut
6 articles 1 photo 2 comments
Wow!! This is my new motto!

on Oct. 3 2011 at 9:37 pm
ChristopherJ GOLD, Lanham, Maryland
10 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched"-Edgar Allen Poe

This is all inspiring in all its simplistic beauty :)

Joy Joy said...
on Oct. 3 2011 at 6:09 pm
This Is sipmly beautiful. It needs no more words!

on Sep. 30 2011 at 6:37 pm
Mike6546 SILVER, North Carolina, North Carolina
6 articles 0 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
those who mind don\'t matter and those who matter don\'t mind

It's impresesive how you are able to get a message like that across in only three lines.  It really makes me think.

lizlarz BRONZE said...
on Sep. 24 2011 at 4:10 pm
lizlarz BRONZE, Holland, Michigan
4 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Words are potent weapons for all causes, good or bad."
-Manly P. Hall

Wow. Absolutely amazing. Simple but powerful.

on Sep. 16 2011 at 9:48 pm
xshatterd_realityz SILVER, Northridge, California
5 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
life is a canvas, paint a picture with your eyes
love is a crime worth commiting

I LOVE IT! very short and straight to it, good job!

on Sep. 14 2011 at 4:33 pm
bpjrobert SILVER, Wakefield, Massachusetts
8 articles 0 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Veni Vidi Vici"-Julius Caesar

I like it a lot. So many people want to make their mark and you just made yours.

weasel123 said...
on Sep. 6 2011 at 10:35 am
weasel123, Carrollton, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 4 comments

This poem really describes what a lot of people try to do. Everyone wants to be heard and stand out from everyone else. Good poem.


on Aug. 29 2011 at 5:09 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
44 articles 16 photos 2216 comments

Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"

Congratulations, you have made your page. 

aveawave GOLD said...
on Aug. 17 2011 at 9:03 pm
aveawave GOLD, Woolwich, New Jersey
10 articles 1 photo 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the angel you're sworn to be: spread your wings and fly" :)

This. Is. Brilliant. !!! can you read some of mine? I need advice. Id really appreciate it, thanks!


on Aug. 17 2011 at 8:29 pm
ThatOneWritingGirl PLATINUM, Greenwood Village, Colorado
21 articles 0 photos 41 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.
Love Always. :)
When the tides of life turn against you and the current upsets your boat, don't waste time and tears on what might have been, just lie on your back and float.

It' like you read my mind! :) Great work! Maybe check out some of my work if you have some extra time! :) Happy writing!

on Aug. 13 2011 at 8:02 am
dia.dreamer GOLD, Kochi, Other
10 articles 0 photos 145 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." - Michelangelo
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am." - Sylvia Plath

You perfectly described exactly how I feel!!! awesome job!! I could just give you a hug right now...! :)

on Aug. 4 2011 at 5:22 am
IAmWhoIWantToBe PLATINUM, Manila, Other
41 articles 0 photos 650 comments

Favorite Quote:
‎"I’m learning how to drown out the constant noise that is such an inseparable part of my life. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world: I run my world." - Beyoncé

I wanna leave my mark in this world too :)))

on Aug. 1 2011 at 11:33 pm
IAmPoeticRae BRONZE, Goose Creek, South Carolina
1 article 0 photos 2 comments
& i LOVE IT !

on Jul. 26 2011 at 2:00 pm
DramaDuchess SILVER, Medford, Oregon
7 articles 0 photos 22 comments
Great job! I like the way you described your own feeling about writing in a simple but wonderful, meaningful synonym. Check out my poems?

on Jul. 25 2011 at 8:51 pm
ShadowFangirl101 PLATINUM, Sheridan, Wyoming
20 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You've got to be one of the good guys because there's way too many of the bad." --Skulduggery Pleasant

"If you have time to worry, then run." --Sonic the Hedgehog

My thoughts exactly. :)

on Jul. 21 2011 at 12:54 am
bananapan PLATINUM, Issaquah, Washington
21 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
We too, are stardust.

This feels so simply elegant.