Co-founder Note: We are very pleased to announce that Mazie Bishop will be joining us from here on out as a regular contributor to The Sprint Shack! Mazie originally wrote a guest post with us on Finding Inspiration In The Most Unlikely Of Places in June of 2014—shortly after, we reached out to her to join us for a temporary internship/contributor position to help us get through the busy time of NaNoWriMo and beyond. Mazie’s done a wonderful job and has contributed some great pieces, so we were happy to invite her to write regularly for us! Everyone give her a warm (re-)welcome as our first regular contributor!
Now that Mazie’s a full-time member of The Sprint Shack team, let’s learn a little bit about why she writes:
A few months back, one of the wonderful co-founders, Faye Kirwin, asked a great question: Why do you write? So far we have heard the answers of Taylor Eaton, Cristina R. Guarino, and Faye herself. This time, it’s my turn!
Though this isn’t the first time I have been asked this question, I feel like this is the best possible time for me to think about the reasons I write. As mentioned before, I am graduating from college in a month, with a degree in Journalism, so right now is a great time for me to really get thinking about why I chose writing as a career; its kind of setting a tone for this new chapter in my life. But before we get all sappy and inspired we should probably talk about the reasons I started writing in the first place.
I think my love of and obsession with writing stems mainly from my fear of being forgotten. I know that it may sound morbid and ridiculous, but when I really started understanding all of the books I was reading (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, anything by Jane Austen or Mary Shelley) I realized that these people, these authors were being kept alive solely by the books they wrote. They were household names even decades after their existence, and they will hardly be forgotten. This thought, paired with my irrational fear, created my love for writing—no matter the form.
Another reason that I write is because I have a whole lot to say. Being a quiet person, I have some trouble blurting out my ideas to people, especially in person, but when I am writing, everything flows so smoothly and all the pieces fall together. The satisfaction alone is a huge reason why I write.
Though I have had many influences that kept my knowledge of English and writing growing, it all dates back to high school, where I met Ms. Kristl Acadia. She will forever be my favourite teacher because she took the time to teach us as much as she possibly could. She was the only English and creative writing teacher that actually treated us like we could be writers some day. She sparked my love of words and poetry, and then later on when she let me take “Writer’s Craft” for a second time (even though she had to change the curriculum for me) she sparked my passion for story writing. She taught me how to build from ideas and the rest was history. As mushy as it sounds, Ms. Acadia is why I write.
I write because maybe some day, someone will stumble upon my work, and become as inspired as I was, maybe even so much that they will start writing stories and creating worlds. I write so that maybe I will inspire someone, just as much as Ms. Acadia inspired me.
So aside from writing to be remembered, and writing to inspire, lastly I just write because I love to. I love the feeling of building something with words, bringing life to my ideas and putting it all down in tangible form. That’s why I write!
Mazie Bishop is a fiery 22 year-old writer and journalism student from Canada. She is self-published and also has several poems and short fiction pieces published in various anthologies and magazines. She is a big dreamer who hopes to be writing with the big guys some day and cannot wait for her career to start! Currently, she is in the process of writing her second novel, and is in the outlining stages of a quarter-life memoir. You can read about her little crafty adventures, read her work, and gander at her photos on www.theselittlepieces.com. Follow her on Twitter at @maziebones.