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I Write Because Writing Has Saved Me

By: Mindy Hardwick
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 7, No. 4
Date: September-October 2002

Summary: Mindy Hardwick reflects on what makes a writer a writer, and, with journal entries, shows how writing has been integral during turning points in her life.


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So, am I a writer? And what does writing mean to me? At one time in my life, I wrote in my journal to make sense of the world, to find my emerging voice. Today, when I can't find my voice, I got back to my journals for inspiration. In the past, I wrote because it seemed the only option available to me in a world that often didn't make sense. Today, I write because it is a part of me; to not write is to ignore who I am. I am a writer.

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