Remembering Why We (Can) Write

Why do you write? For many, the answer is as primal as “why do I breathe? Because I have to.”

Some may cite that they have a message that begs to be heard, some insight into a larger truth that they can’t not share.

And, of course, you have many who write simply for themselves, to open a portal into untapped emotions to make sense of their lives.american-flag-wallpaper

No matter the reason, there is one commonality shared by all American writers: the freedom to put words on paper without the fear of persecution. It’s a freedom that some of us may take for granted, but many authors – most notably Salman Rushdie for The Satanic Verses – have feared for their lives after writing words that others deemed dangerous.

So today as you remember those who have fought and lost their lives for our country, thank them also for our freedom of speech. And, writing.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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2 Responses to Remembering Why We (Can) Write

  1. JA Bennett says:

    Wonderful post Kimberly! I thank them with all my heart.

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