The poet William Stafford said, “A writer is someone who writes.”
I believe that. Too often we feel that we need someone’s permission to call ourselves writers, as if it is only outside validation, such as publication, that makes an artist. Or perhaps we feel that if we don’t know the present tense from the pluperfect, or a semi-colon from a comma splice, we have no business writing. Nonsense. Writing is about getting what’s inside you out. Whether it takes the form of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, a play, or a song, no one can tell your story but you. If you don’t tell it, who will?

Barbara Simpson, mfa

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