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I’m kind of in love with writing letters. When I was a kid living oceans away from friends, we’d exchange memos highlighting the mundane details of our pre-teen lives – who was in a fight, what teacher we hated, what boy we loved. The margins decorated with colorful doodles and illustrations of inside jokes. Sharing my thoughts and trying to explain the new feelings I had at my first school dance or make out party taught me about writing, my voice, and myself. It’s worth noting that one of my favorite exercises is still to sit down and write for ten minutes without stopping to think about a story or punctuation or spelling – just write my pen tells me to write.
Inevitably, I’ll find something inside me I didn’t realize had been trying to get out.
Quick text messages allow us to share in-the-moment quips on some dude at the bar who winked awkwardly. Share an old picture you found of someone you love on Instagram instead of mailing it with a date and location on its backside. Tag them in a Facebook status to remind them where they were last night. I have participated in all of these activities, but none of them have shown me what lurks beneath the surface of my mind.
This is all a long way of saying that the silver lining of having a few incredibly busy and globe-trotting friends is using email for significant communication. I can’t address the envelope in multi-colored bubble lettering, but I can take a few minutes to write what I’m thinking in that moment. Talk about what the mundane details of adulthood mean (Is that guy at work hitting on me or just really nice? Do I care?) and dole out the kind of advice you wish someone would have given to you in the past. Get inspired to say something differently than you’ve seen anyone else say it. If nothing else, writing this kind of email (or an actual letter) forces us to slow down and think.
When you have a good partner, it’s better – and cheaper – than therapy. Anyone looking for a pen pal? I’m in.
(Typewriter stationery via ankepanke on Etsy.)
Original Image + extra design by Yours Truly
I’ve never confidently known what I to do with my life – it’s always seemed like there are too many options. I want to be a writer. I want to be an actress. I want to be a teacher. I want to be a therapist. I want to be a detective. I want to be an astronaut, a queen, a flapper, an explorer, a man, a myth.
I want to be everything, to experience it all.
Until I get my own TARDIS and Companion (should we talk about how I want a female Doctor?), I’ll have to settle down with my books. I’ll transport myself to a Soldier Island mansion as a murder mystery unfolds. I’ll listen as a woman struggles with mental illness and addiction in Hollywood. I’ll experience a city I both loathe and love through the eyes of a native son seeking redemption.
In my books, I’ll see the world.
I’ve always found solace in books. High brow or low brow – I’m not picky. (That’s not true. I still refuse to read any Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey but can you really blame me?) Here are a few ideas for how to wow your pal whose nose is always in a book. Check out more ideas on Pinterest! Yes. I’m finally going to try to not loathe Pinterest.1 T.S. Eliot Print | 2 Gold Pig Book Ends | 3 Book Scented Candle
What’s on your holiday reading list? It’s almost time for me to break out Holidays on Ice again!