Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

Five Reasons to Write

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” – Isaac Asimov

Whether you are a journaler, poet, a novelist, a blogger, a FaceBook/Twitter enthusiast or a thank you note advocate, seeing thoughts turned into words that hold meaning is a great joy and perhaps your saving grace! That said, some days, even with your love of  language, meaningful words seem locked away from expression. One way to invite your mind back to writing can be to remind yourself of how important writing is to your life, your happiness, your sense of purpose and your world.

When I face my own writer’s block, here are my five reasons to keep writing. I hope they speak to you!

1) When I write, I feel life more deeply.

2) When I write, I connect with other people in a meaningful way.

3) When I write, I surprise myself with thoughts I didn’t know I had.

4) When I write, the rest of my life makes sense.

5) When I write, I am giving the creative gift of my truest self to the world.

In addition, here are some other blog posts to encourage you!

The Write Practice – Seventeen Reasons to Write

The Write Practice – Why We Write

Squidoo – Top Ten Reasons to Write

And a book recommendation – 365 Reasons to Write

We don’t need to be published or awarded or even read widely to be writers. It is what we do to be alive. Keep writing — the world needs your words!

Every Moment is Poetic — And Every Life is an InSpirational Story!

For More InSpiration from Anne McCrady, Visit her InSpiritry Website

You can also find Anne’s Daily InSpiritries on FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

Haunted Places

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

“I’m in a haunted place, and every day is a new one.”

Ed Madden

This quote is from a FaceBook post by my friend, Ed Madden, whose evocative poetry finds its way into his everyday conversations.  In this instance, he was describing his stay with his aging parents in rural Arkansas, where he grew up. It is a recognition of how the past waits for us to rediscover it, as we make geographical or emotional journeys to visit where we have been. (more…)

Empathy 101

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

“If there is any great secret to success in life,

 it is the ability to put yourself in the other person’s place

and see things from his point of view as well as your own.” Henry Ford 

As I worked on a poetry presentation this week, I realized that the the ideas I am presenting are not limited to writing — they are, in fact, InSpiritry ideas worth sharing! The workshop I have been developing is a lesson for poets about persona poems. For the uninitiated, the persona of a poem is the person speaking to the reader. In some persona poems the writer assumes an identity other than their own.  That persona can be another person, an animal, a place, even something inanimate. In a persona poem, an alternate point of view means using an intentionally different way of speaking, to become that other voice. Enough about literary technique, though; back to my original reason for this post.   

What drew me to widen my considerations about writing persona poems was my assertion that “persona poems compel us to consider how it feels to be someone else.” (more…)


Sunday, November 8th, 2009

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every purpose under heaven.
 Ecclesiastes 3:1

 It is time for another changing of the season here in Texas. This weekend, the trees are lofting their colorful leaves onto each breath of breeze.  This is the time of year that always gives me pause for reflection. Spring has its sense of urgency. Summer is full of activity. Even Winter brings holiday festivities. But Autumn? As Nature’s growth slows and we gather with family for Thanksgiving, Autumn seems to be the time of slowing down, of thinking things over and of assessing our lives and loves. (more…)

Poetry: An Invitation

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

April was National Poetry Month, and what a heart-warming celebration the past few weeks have been for me:


Who Is Blameless?

Monday, February 4th, 2008

These days, whatever your nationality or political leaning, it’s easy to feel a sense of despondency about the condition of our world.

  • American leaders blame Arab extremists.
  • Arabs accuse the West.
  • The Jews fault the Muslims.
  • Iran suspects Christians.
  • Democrats indict Republicans.
  • Republicans blame China.
  • China complains about American liberals.
  • Liberals point to Conservatives.
  • Christian conservatives say it’s God’s will.

In our fear and anger, we all demand action, but when it’s time for action, we ask indignantly,

Who me? What can I do? (more…)

Bookwoman and Others Like Her

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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“I suddenly wanted something to read about women,

but I couldn’t find anything.”

Poet Judy Grahn


In Austin, Texas, on the corner of 12th and Lamar, there is a small shop that, for years, has been one of the sanctuary places in my life. Its bright storefront display promotes a wide variety of items:  feminist biographies, environmental photojournalism, insightful children’s books, progressive political commentary and gifts promoting peace. Entering customers, especially women, are welcomed home. Behind the counter sits owner, Susan Post, an unassuming woman with eyes as soft as her voice. When asked, she will speak of her unwavering dedication to feminism and her heart for writers. The shop I speak of is Book-woman, one of only a handful of independent feminist bookstores in the country and the only one in Texas.  A store devoted to improving women’s lives–what better way to live out a Passion for the Greater Good? (more…)

Esfaniari Released – Iran Hears Our Combined Voices

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

 When We Raise Our Voices…

Last month, while attending the International Women’s Peace Conference in Dallas, I was reminded of the plight of women around the world. Inspired to be more proactive, I returned home to find an opportunity to do that. The Feminist Majority Foundation, a group I link to at my website,, was requesting for emails to be sent to the Iranian government regarding an imprisoned Iranian-American scholar, Dr. Haleh Esfandiari. It told how Dr. Esfandiari had traveled from the United States to visit her elderly mother and, while in Iran, was abducted and imprisoned. That evening I saw an Iranian propaganda videotape of the scholar as well as a public television interview with her husband and daughter begging for her release, claiming she had lost weight and seemed dejected. I was compelled to take action. Immediately, I sent an impassioned email to Iranian officials as requested.

That was a month ago. (more…)

What You Know Now

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Some time ago I was at a writers’ workshop at the Poetry at Roundtop festival near Austin, Texas. The instructor, Texas Poet Laureate Jack Myers had asked us to bring a photograph of ourselves as a child, and I was intrigued about what we were going to discuss. The photo I chose was one of me at age thirteen standing with my parents near an American flag hung in our yard on the Fourth of July. (more…)