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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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on Mar. 26 2010 at 12:05 pm
munkyman95 GOLD, Medway, Other
18 articles 1 photo 100 comments

Favorite Quote:
I will become, what I know I am' Michael Jordan

You captured what I thought was impossible to explain in only a few lines.... brilliant :)

on Mar. 23 2010 at 1:35 pm
StarlingChild PLATINUM, El Cajon, California
23 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Totally true! I want to make "a page of my own" too; this poem hits it spot on!

on Mar. 14 2010 at 11:17 am
naturelover123 BRONZE, San Francisco, California
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This poem is short but totally sums up how many of us feel! We're all trying to express ourselves and leave our mark somehow!

on Mar. 7 2010 at 6:15 pm
gregeron91 SILVER, Salem, Alabama
9 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.
-Jack Kerouac

This was great :] I feel the same way.

on Mar. 7 2010 at 5:58 pm
Sweatheart SILVER, BPT, Connecticut
5 articles 0 photos 76 comments

Favorite Quote:
I can do anything

i agree with you writing is awesome and i love how you can express your feelings with just a few words

on Mar. 7 2010 at 3:53 pm
wow. short but really to the point. I think you've just described my life. :)

on Mar. 5 2010 at 6:44 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.

This is truly amazing. You ca[tured why all of us want to write and put it into words. Beautiful!

on Mar. 4 2010 at 3:51 am
xAllegria BRONZE, Singapore, Other
1 article 2 photos 112 comments

Favorite Quote:
Ça fait tellement du bien d’aimer les gens qu’on aime, que ça finit par faire mal. Je sais pas comment on survit a ça. Non franchement, je sais pas. LOL (laughing out loud) ®, Lola.

Oooh.... love the metaphor! Great job.

on Mar. 3 2010 at 7:13 am
StormyxD SILVER, Winter Park, Florida
5 articles 0 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Late at night my mind would come alive with voices and stories and friends as dear to me as any in the real world. I gave myself up to it, longing for transformation." - Jo March, Little Women

This peice is beautiful. Not because you used fancy elaborate words but because there is so much truth in it. I mean, for almost all of us here at this website writing is up there with oxygen, it's how we express ourselves and your completely right, that is what we are all striving for. Thank you for writing this. (:

on Mar. 1 2010 at 9:18 am
Zazawish777 GOLD, KC, MO, Missouri
16 articles 2 photos 100 comments

Favorite Quote:
life isn't passing me by, it's trying to run me over!

wonderful!i love it. so simple and to the point, but yet, it paints a picture in your head that express so many words in your head, it's like a bird flying through the air and it brings color into the sky. I loved the poem!

on Feb. 24 2010 at 3:04 pm
juicyfan6 BRONZE, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
1 article 0 photos 46 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." - J.K. Rowling

I love this. Thank you for writing it. :)

on Feb. 19 2010 at 1:52 pm
VioletsandVoice, Spiritwood, North Dakota
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you have just described me better than I could have myself, very well done

on Feb. 16 2010 at 2:06 pm
gymnast101 BRONZE, Nottingham, Maryland
3 articles 1 photo 24 comments
Yes! I have a haiku I would like to submit but it is not 100 characters in length! Would someone please tell me how to submit it? It apparently can be done- there are a lot of short haikus on this website!

on Feb. 13 2010 at 7:46 pm
alayapoetgirl BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
4 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is hard; but it's harder if you're stupid. -John Wayne

This touches my soul. Because I truly feel the same! I could read it over and over. If you get the chance check out my new opinion essay on animal rights/vegetarianism. -thanx

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on Feb. 13 2010 at 6:07 pm
MooMoo BRONZE, Washington, District Of Columbia
1 article 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
I Laugh Because Im Afraid I Might Cry

I Like That

on Feb. 13 2010 at 5:24 pm
Wallflower PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
37 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you aren't happy alone then you're not going to be happy with anyone else.

I have the same question!

on Feb. 10 2010 at 12:16 pm
gymnast101 BRONZE, Nottingham, Maryland
3 articles 1 photo 24 comments
I absolutely loooove this!

And I have a question- I am trying to submit a haiku but it is not 100 characters and it won't let me submit it. How would I do this?

on Feb. 9 2010 at 3:27 pm
wixchick1 BRONZE, Marion, Indiana
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
< At fourteen, you really do start realizing that the world is not a safe and protected place or not always.
~ J. K. Rowling, on darker aspects of the books

i adore this. thank you for that

on Jan. 26 2010 at 5:53 pm
earthy_kat GOLD, Sebree, Kentucky
17 articles 1 photo 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today." - Hazel from the book Watership Down (by Richard Adams).

Very nice.

on Jan. 26 2010 at 8:49 am
sammyso3 SILVER, Hastings, Nebraska
9 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We have to be continually jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down." Kurt Vonnegut

I think all of us, as writers, share your same feelings.