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  • Throughout my life, different experiences, events, and people have inspired me to be the person, thinker, and writer that I am today. In general, I think of myself as a pretty fluid thinker, in the sense that my subconscious mind is constantly running and thinking about things. I’m definitely the type of person to overthink basically any scenario in my head over and over again, until it drives me crazy.
    “Did I say the right thing? Did I make enough eye contact? What was I doing with my hands? My hair definitely looked weird. The way they spoke seemed like they were uninterested in talking to me. Was I clear enough when I spoke? Why did I say that? I should have said this instead. I wonder what they’re thinking about right now.”
    My mind is an ever-running thought process, sort of like a conveyor belt of ideas and thoughts that is constantly moving. I linger on things that most others don’t and I think about the most insignificant details that simply just don’t matter to anyone but me. It’s not necessarily a good thing, but it has definitely helped me to become the writer that I am.
    I tend to focus on the small details, because in the large picture of life, it’s the little details that make it so special. I love digging into a subject and really getting all the good stuff, every last little bit of it, when writing about a certain subject. To me, leaving something out just doesn’t seem like a viable option. Why leave something out that could potentially be of some importance? If it is important to the writer, it’s important to the reader, and that is something I have discovered through this process of writing.
    I think a large reason why I love poetry so much is because it often focuses on the small things, the little details, and uses it in a way that makes it seem like the most important thing in the world. I love that about poetry. I love how no matter how irrelevant something may seem at first glance, poets write about it for stanzas, sometimes for the entire length of their poems, and make it seem like it has true beauty and meaning, even if not seen from the naked eye. Poetry has been a large part of my life for a while now, and it is something I can confidently say I will enjoy for the rest of my life. I love writing it, I love reading it, and listening to it.
    One moment specifically that I can remember that changed me as a writer was when I discovered how writing poetry could be used as a way to express my emotions in way that helped me through my problems. I remember one day when I was younger my brother, sister, and cousin were playing outside together and I felt left out, so I wrote a poem about it and for some reason it made me feel so much better. It was a way to express myself without having to do it a negative way that hurt others, like yelling at them. From then on I began a diary filled with poems that I wrote when I was feeling happy, sad, mad, jealous, stressed, or any sort of strong emotion towards something. It was a creative outlet for me to express myself and let things go, and it helped me not hold onto things that were creating unnecessary stress. It helped me to capture my true feelings and memories on paper so that I could go back and read them later on.
    In general, I feel that I use writing the most as a space to let my emotions go, and to discover my thoughts and write them down so that they are more clear to me. I love to write, and I think my personality makes writing the perfect way for me to express myself, let things go, capture my memories, and use my constant subconscious thought process in a productive way.
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