I don’t write because I’m too busy doing other creative projects like this, and this and this.

I don’t write because I have work to do here.

I don’t write because by the time I get home from work all I want to do is have a glass of wine and watch t.v.

I don’t write because I am an excellent employee and my day job uses up all my creative juices.

I don’t write because my life is boring and I have nothing to say.

I don’t write because people will know just how weird I am.

I don’t write because I am not good a writing. I don’t write because I’m tired of writing. I don’t write because I’m mad about something, happy about something, too busy socializing or napping.

I don’t write because I am afraid of putting on the page what is in my head, what is in my heart, and what is in that dark place and I don’t like to go to that dark place.

I don’t write because I don’t want to be judged.

I don’t write because the world is already overloaded with words. I don’t write because to write would mean that I think my words are just as important as everyone else’s words. I don’t write because everything I say has been said before. I don’t write because I think my words are are just recycled words and phrases, used up words, over-used words that have lost their meaning, or words that carry too much meaning.

I don’t write because writing means thinking.  I don’t write because my writing is never a finished product, never perfect. I don’t write because writing is hard.

I don’t write because it is easier to watch Law & Order reruns.

I don’t write because to write I need quiet and in the quiet I hear the voices, the running commentary, the worn out 8-track in my head that tells me all the reasons why I shouldn’t write.

I don’t write because it’s easier to be supportive, to nurture, to celebrate other people’s writing.  I don’t write because who am I to put myself in the company of all those Great Writers?


BIO: Jennifer Simpson is a writer currently living in Albuquerque where she just completed her MFA in creative writing. She is working as a freelance writer and finishing her memoir, Reconstructing My Mother. She heads up DimeStories International, an online and live event showcase for short PROSE. Jennifer is also the founder and co-host (along with Merimee Moffitt) of the Duke City DimeStories monthly open mic event in Albuquerque.

Jennifer Simpson writes because….

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