We Want to Write
As writers, we are endlessly powerful. We travel through time, we conquer demons, we tell our truth, we grieve, we celebrate, and we create.
Writers of the “Skip the Small Talk” class were prompted to begin with the words “I want to write.” They laughed, they cried, and they embraced their truth.
May I have permission to grieve
May I allow the boys to be imperfect
May I forgive my body
May I ask my body to ask for forgiveness
May I look outwards again
May I remember I am not alone walking this path of loss and grief
May I feel gratitude
But may I also feel grief
May I see the winter sky in the morning
the darkness of the dawn
and go forward to meet the day without the panic and the fear that I will fail the day somehow
as if every day I'm on a stage and getting the boys to school is a performance that I need applause for
or I will be pulled off the stage and not be allowed to play the part of mother anymore
May I dissolve the stage
-Cat Ennis Sears
I want to write more about
Words hang in the air
some are butterflies
some wolves with gnarled teeth
Words drape slumped shoulders
wander around my psyche
dare me to shout my truth
Use your words we tell little
children—their vocabularies limited—
to describe the sunrise, the pain
of her puppy’s death
Use your words
to bury sorrow, to feel joy.
I want to write more about:
My place there
My place here
Trying to find a way
Charting a path
A plan and
Why I can’t love
Why I can’t think of
Skip the small talk is a workshop designed for female identifying writers who want to jump-start their writing process, get real, and go deep.
Whether you're a long time writer, a brand spankin' new writer, or have lost writing and long for its return, Skip the Small Talk mini-marathons will provide you with a compassionate and gentle shove in the write direction. Our next Skip the Small Talk Workshop is Friday, February 22. Find out more here.
Short shorts, flash non-fiction, and bite-sized stories that make you hungry for more.
Life in 10 is home to writers of stories that are brave and true.
Take your story deeper with a L10 class.