Why I Write

I write because I’m too quiet when I talk.  I write because someone once told me I could, and while I can’t sing, or paint, or make music, I can write.  I write because I have a vision – sage purple mountains dim in the twilight –  I write because Jack Kerouac wrote, “the fields were the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”  I write because I love blank pages, hardcover books and new pens.  I write to escape the everyday, acknowledge the beauty, the pain, the solitude of knowing myself.  I write to escape the noise.  I write because the curry is too hot to eat right now, and I write because I dream.  I write because every book is a treasure chest waiting to be opened.  I write because words make my soul sing.  I write to hide.  I can escape into my writing and somehow, the act of writing makes the sameness and the strangeness a little closer together.  I write as a reflection of myself, to prove my existence to myself.  I write because I live, and the act of writing is as natural and essential to my existence as food or water.  I write to release the rage and the pain, and to capture the laughter and the joy.  I write because I live.


Author: Featherstone Creative

Sally Quon is a photographer and writer living in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. When not out enjoying the splendors of nature, she likes to spend time cooking, reading and painting. Her photography has appeared in Canadian Geographic Magazine and in Nature Alberta’s various birding brochures. Sally was recently awarded a Judge’s Choice Award in the Ontario Poetry Society’s Ultra Short Poem Competition and was short-listed for the Exile Writers Gwendolyn MacEwan Poetry Prize. One of her photos was chosen for inclusion in the Photographer’s Forum “Best of 2018” Collection. She has two beautiful, almost grown children.

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