Why Do You Write?

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From Tracie, Tracie Nall


My mind immediately flashes to images of Anne Shirley and Jo March when I think of a writer. I loved them when I was a child (I still love them), and I remember cheering when they saw pieces published, and crying when their work wasn’t loved or appreciated. It was my first taste of the joy and agony of writing, lived through their words, long before I ever imagined I would try to write anything more creative or personal than a term paper.

I didn’t understand the agonizing beauty of taking pieces of your heart, and putting them out there for the world to read. I didn’t imagine what it could mean to a person like me, who lives so much of life inside my own head, to reach out through words on a screen and build connections. It has changed my life.

I traveled a long path with words before I was able to finally use the word writer to describe myself.

I write to create.

Words are my passion – they are my paint, my graphite, my clay. Ready to be molded. I scoot this one over here, and move that one up three lines. I wrangle these sentences into place, and decide that marginally flows better than slightly. Writing and rewriting, sometimes waking up in the middle of the night to make a change; until all the words sit perfectly, and paint the picture I see in my mind.

I write because I have a story to tell.

I pull words from the deepest dark, and set them out in the light. In the light, they take on a power of their own. They shine. They heal. They find beauty. They transform. They build a new world.

Telling our stories is important, because it builds community. I have written about my childhood, and it was hard and scary to hit publish on those posts. Even though my honesty caused me to lose relationships with family members I love, the support I received was amazing, and it helped me grow and heal. I wouldn’t take back a single word.

There is a small sliver of safety in writing about the past. It was a different kind of hard to tell the story of me, where I am now. Being honest about my fears, my insecurities, and where I live, was a big step to take. But I wouldn’t take back a single word.

I write to remember.

Writing isn’t always about taking the biggest pain and bleeding it out onto the page. Sometimes it is about the beautiful things - small, silly memories to hold, and fleeting images my brain will soon forget. I want to capture them, so I can go back to that moment again.  I want the words there, ready to pour over my soul like a heavy afternoon rain.

Why do you write?



Want to know more about Tracie? Then make sure to watch this incredible video she made. It’s all about her journey. You may want to get some Kleenex first…

Read even more about Tracie here.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1354234082 Alycia Adams Neighbours

    I have never seen your video, Tracie. I love you even more. *Bravo*

    • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

      Thank you. Love you, too! 

  • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

    Thank you for having me as a guest, Erin. 

    I’m honored to share your space, and talk about writing with you. 

  • http://writingwishing.com/ Alison

    You’re an amazing writer, woman and survivor. I love your reasons to write and I love that it helped you on your healing journey.

    • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

      Thank you. Writing helped to save my life, it means a lot to me. 

  • http://singedwingangelspad.com/ Angel Shrout

    Tracie is one of the wonderful people I got to ‘meet’ when I first began blogging. I couldn’t tell you now how I found her but I am so blessed that I did. I wait for her to post and though I have watched her video it still makes me weep. To know all of that about her and to have experienced the joy and hope she has, especially at 3 am when doing a 24 hour live feed show for childhood sexual abuse awareness..

    • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

      Angel. I love you, woman. I don’t remember exactly how we found each other, either, but I’m very happy we did. And I have a lot of great memories from that 24 hour day of sleeplessness, awareness, blogging, and crazy fun. It means a great deal to me that you stayed up and supported me during it.

  • http://twitter.com/GDRPempress Good Day, Reg People

    I love Tracie. She is the reason so many people have found a home in her. She speaks of truths and being who is truly, always. she wants nothing more than to be heard, validated…and make others feel they count on this planet.

    What a special woman.

    • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

      Alexandra, thank you so much. You are always so supportive of me, and it makes my heart happy. Love you, too. 

  • http://triplezmom.com Triplezmom

    I had never seen your video before. Tracie, you are so amazing. I love you even more now. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.olivero Melissa Ruppert Olivero

    Tracie…. as someone with a background similar to yours, you made me cry tears of joy to see how you have dealt with your past. I love this piece… you speak words from my own heart. I wish you everything good in life. Hugs from your newest fan!

  • Janasthinkingplace

    Oh, Tracie! I’m so glad you’re here! What a beautiful post!

  • http://www.vidyasury.com/ Vidya Sury

    Tracie! Lovely to see you here! I already know you’re a fabulous writer! I love your reasons to write. Hugs! I write for some of the same reasons!

  • Mrs. Jen B

    I love how you described the process of crafting the words and moving them and perfecting them – that’s a process we can all relate so strongly with, but it’s a relief at times to know that one isn’t totally neurotic. ;)

  • Aladyinfrance

    What a beautiful post.  I think I write because people have to listen to everything I say without cutting me off. :-)  And I think I was more connected to Anne than Jo.  Have you seen the tv series?

    (Hi Erin!)