Ten Reasons I Write

1.    The voices in my head who tell the stories won’t shut up unless I do.

2.    To create meaning.  Maybe life doesn’t make sense, but if I put it in story form, at least it has a plot, engaging characters and a satisfying denouement.

3.    To gain personal insight.  Some people go to therapy.  I write a story to find out what I’m thinking, feeling, doing and why.

4.    To empower myself.  I write to process life events, particularly those that make me feel powerless.  In my stories, the child is validated, the woman finds her magic, the victim become the hero and the trolls sing.

5.   To read the kind of story I’m hankering for.  Usually, the stories I write are the stories I want to read but haven’t been able to find anywhere else.

6.    To find out what happens. I rarely know the end of a story at its beginning.  It is finding out what happens at the end that keeps me going.

7.    To preserve a moment of wonder, a beautiful phrase, a radiant idea. To solidify dreams and manifest nightmares.

8.    To give the truth scope.  The unembellished life is not worth living.

9.    To make myself laugh.

10.  To converse with the Universe.  She tells a story.  I tell one back.

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Ripley Patton lives in a 22-foot camper in the woods of Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.

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