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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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Pearlcr BRONZE said...
on Jul. 15 2010 at 8:05 am
Pearlcr BRONZE, Bhopal, Other
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its tru n deep...!

on Jul. 14 2010 at 3:22 am
Winchester_Girl BRONZE, Nine Mile Falls, Washington
3 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"we're living on borrowed time and if you don't put your heart out there on the line you're never really living at all"

this is great.  i love how you can take ur passion for writing and sum it up into this short piece of work.  love it

emmapnk6 said...
on Jul. 5 2010 at 4:14 pm
emmapnk6, Canfield, Ohio
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i love this!<3

on Jul. 1 2010 at 3:55 pm
Jellybean9898 PLATINUM, Glendale, California
34 articles 0 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When nothing goes right, go left"-Anonymous
"Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste to the sky as well as the Earth"-Henry David Thoreau

this is great.  it made me smile.

on Jun. 28 2010 at 11:30 pm
ShenelleCrystal SILVER, M, New York
7 articles 0 photos 186 comments

Favorite Quote:
Laugh your heart out dance in the rain cherish the memories ignore the pain love + learn forget and forgive because remember you only have [one life to live] ♥

this is short but is really good ! I love the last line !!!!! =] please come and check out my work

on Jun. 25 2010 at 10:40 pm
HeatherBee BRONZE, I Live In, Texas
1 article 0 photos 1985 comments

Favorite Quote:
Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground, like a skyscraper

Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect

"A page of my own" LOVEE it!!!

on Jun. 25 2010 at 12:29 pm
twobitslvr PLATINUM, Sedro-Woolley, Washington
42 articles 4 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
Do not go where the path may lead, but go intsead here there is no path and leave a trail.

I absolutely love this poem. I found inspiration in it. Truely amazing. Keep writing!

on Jun. 23 2010 at 3:14 pm
Alcanno DIAMOND, Mexia, Texas
59 articles 0 photos 670 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is
made up of."

-- Bruce Lee

With this kind of work, your voice will definetely be heard! Great job - check out some of my stuff?

on Jun. 15 2010 at 3:24 pm
xXRiaLoraineXx GOLD, Fletcher, Ohio
12 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
Convince yourself they're cheering for you, and one day THEY WILL BE.

awesome! it's, like, a perfect haiku! could you check out some of my work when you get a chance? thanks

on Jun. 14 2010 at 11:57 am
thezebrasgray PLATINUM, Taylorsville, Utah
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very nice!  its perfect

on Jun. 8 2010 at 4:06 pm
starlight26 GOLD, Miramar, Florida
11 articles 7 photos 174 comments

Favorite Quote:
*life isnt about pretending to be something you're not. It about being who you are and finding someone
who loves every bit of it."

"Life's tradegy is that we get old too soon and wise too late"

I agree :) check out some of my work when you guys get a chance!

on Jun. 5 2010 at 12:46 am
liquidrainbow BRONZE, Irvington, Alabama
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good job ....... theres no better way to decribe it

on Jun. 3 2010 at 8:23 pm
YeseniaG SILVER, Livonia, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 122 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is what happens when you're busy making plans.

plainly inspirational and beautiful

Milliee SILVER said...
on Jun. 3 2010 at 8:10 pm
Milliee SILVER, Knoxville, Tennessee
9 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
In that basement we were exactly who we wanted to be,
rock stars and poets, artists and designers.
That basement was our haven
because when we walked up those stairs
we were just teenage kids again
with dreams that were just too big.

wow. beautifully summed up.

on Jun. 3 2010 at 5:48 pm
Jane_P PLATINUM, San Clemente, California
25 articles 0 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
When asked about race...

"Well, when I went to the bathroom I was Russian, and when I came out I was Finnish."

or, alternatively:

"Irish I could tell you."

"A page of my own."

Summarizes every writer in five words. Wonderful job, caught me right in the moment. Just make sure to write more than just a page with a talent like this!


on Jun. 2 2010 at 5:06 pm
RosyOptimism DIAMOND, Coronado, California
72 articles 31 photos 57 comments
you are so great at writing! I think this is what all of us (on this web site)are doing subconsciously

KAT16 BRONZE said...
on Jun. 1 2010 at 7:05 pm
KAT16 BRONZE, Hartville, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"A friend is a person who knows all about you and still likes you" Elbert Hubbard

awesome~ never thought of it like that!

on Jun. 1 2010 at 5:10 pm
cavatina BRONZE, New York, New York
2 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
thanks a lot captain obvious

i LOVE   this poem!

on May. 27 2010 at 8:02 pm
nicolette_rae BRONZE, Long Beach, California
3 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
The artist is the creator of beautiful things. -Oscar Wilde

i love it! i feel like this too. couldn't have said it better myself xD

on May. 10 2010 at 6:13 pm
Wellington BRONZE, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2 articles 0 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
Richard M. Nixon

exactly how i feel; but expressed in a way so exact and concise that i never could