We Want to Write Volume II

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.

I want to write about the serial philanderer but I don't want anyone to know about me; I want to write about Martin/Martine and include her two amazing poems and end with a story about life that transcends death.  She will have life eternal through my words on the pages. I want to write about Dad's rare and terrible illness - a degenerative disease like ALS. It is IBM and the world needs to know - it is on the rise. I want to write about Mom's dementia which danced with her personality disorder to a crooked tune that was hard on the ears and yet drew attention to her terrible suffering.  I want to, I will, I am writing.


Words I want to write:








Spirit filled

Community building





I want to write affirmations that sing to my heart.  I want to write the words that come after I process weight, daddy, and work.  Let’s be honest, there may never come “an after” of processing that work.

May I surrender to the process.  Whatever the process might be to make me stronger.

-Kipton Currier



I want to write because I want to leave something behind when I go. I want to be the mother I didn't have. I want my kids to know me better through the writing I leave behind. I hope they read it before they burn it. I leave it easily findable in case I fall down a manhole or get swept off a bridge in a storm and there are no last words. I don't know how it's possible to feel old and young at the same time but I do. I have no idea what other people see when they look at me - me now or the me they knew when we were young and running on these very sidewalks - just on the other side of the Boulevard, trash picking in the alleys.

-Claudia Brookman


I want to write about outside, about green and plants and summer nights in fields. I want to write about makeshift bong hits on the path behind the small soccer field near my house. I want to write about the house we abandoned. The memories I'm avoiding. I want to write about nothing. I want to do nothing. I want to be myself and be bad. I want to disappoint and be okay. I want to not feel the need to be excellent, always excellent, always striving for excellence, Amita! But I also want to be as good as my sister. As good as my brother, my father, my mother. I want to be my mother — no, that's not true. Because she never got what she deserved. I just wish I were her because then I would have something tangible I could actually grab onto. Because if I were her, I'd treat her better this time.

-Amita Rao



I want to write my story

one of the few things I can call my own

I want to write about being a motherless daughter

about the aloneness

I want to write about fishing with daddy

who always knew when the storm was coming

I want to write about marrying the wrong man

-Marsha Owens


I want to write

to cleanse my soul.

I want to write

to tell my side of the story.

I want to write

to release the pain from years of keeping my voice tucked away, hiding my truth.

I want

to leave a legacy for granddaughter Charlotte Ruby.

I want

to apologize to my son Blair. (I wanted to be a good mother, but I sure got some things


I want to write

to inspire girls who are hiding their truth, too.

-Belinda Todd



I want to write the way I did when I was 7. With no fear of someone looking over my shoulder. The first line in my first journal is “pick up sticks is dumb.” What truth.

-Anna Medinger


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, May 17 . Find out more here.

Short shorts, flash non-fiction, and bite-sized stories that make you hungry for more.

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