I have been writing original short stories, musicals, and poems for the last 10 years. It became a passion when my aunt gave me my first journal in 2006. Now I am writing my first book. In these 10 years, the short stories and book that I have been writing group into their own type of genre, making all of my work it’s own form of literacy.
As I think about this project, one idea keeps getting clearer and clearer for me and it is an idea that Swzed goes into in his article: “Why do people write what they write?” As a young woman who was assaulted at the age of 4, writing will forever be a coping process for me and it is something that I’m not afraid to share with others. To go into further depth, I would like to use this literacy project to see why people write the things they write, whether it is a short story, a song, poem, book, or even a sentence. We always feel that we write things because we are told to, but we have ultimate control in what we do. It has taken me some time to understand this.
I care about focusing on this so much because of questions people have asked me about the book that I am writing. For years, I have said because I want to, but looking at what I have written, I have written everything for a reason. I think that by doing this project people will also understand why they write what they write and that makes the experience so much more fulfilling.