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The People In My Life That Influence My Writing + Poem

Updated on March 23, 2012

The Family

My Inspiration
My Inspiration | Source

My Self

The question was asked “Is there a person in your life who influences your writing and the time you spend writing?". I was intrigued by this question and decided that it deserved some serious thought. I was going to just answer the question, but as I got started I decided that there was too much to say to answer it in the area provided. I have always written in some form or another, maybe it was a poem, a song, or an essay for school; maybe it was a journal of the feelings I had that day. Whatever it was, I was writing and it felt natural and it helped to relieve some of my fears and stresses about the things we each find ourselves fretting over. Now, I know that the quality of my writing has improved over the years, I may or may not be good at it but I have gotten better, and I enjoy it, so why not. The things I write about have changed as well; as what I find important and what I know have changed. Naturally what inspires me to write has undergone considerable change too. I used to write strictly for personal reasons, either to get a grade, or to express something that I couldn’t express in spoken words to those around me. I used it as a vessel to deliver me to a destination of understanding of my own thoughts. I never shared any of my writing with anyone except for a teacher if it was an assignment, and I was careful not to reveal too much about my true self if it was. I have had some pretty dark and unusual ideas come out in my own written words. I guess the point is that years ago I was my own inspiration and influence. I don’t mean to sound self-centered, but I guess in a way at the time I was.


A lot has changed over the years as I have already pointed out, and with those changes my influence has changed also. Not only how I write and what I write about has evolved, but also the reasons I write. When I read the question, my first thought was my children. My children influence my writing more than any other single source. They are my life, they are what I live for, they are my inspiration, and they are the most influential people in my life. I know it is supposed to be the other way around and I know that in many ways it is, but they influence me just as much as I influence them. If one of them has a problem, I help them deal with it as best as I can, and it shows in what I write about later. If one of them achieves something, I enjoy the moment with them and feel their pride through their accomplishment, and it shows in what I write later. It doesn’t matter what the situation, I go through what they go through and it affects how I feel and influences my writing. They are the biggest part of my life at the moment so they are the greatest influence on my writing.

Me and my oldest

My helper
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Why I Write (short poem)

I write to right the wrongs of my inner self.

I know why I write because it helps.

It comforts me to know that I have left something for you.

Of myself.

I know why I write because it dwells.

From with-in my dreams, to my tales.

Its a reflection of what is or what was true.

Of myself.

Video of a trip through our haunted trail.

My kids and I setup and ran a haunted trail in the woods behind our house, the video is of a trip through the trail.


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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      dmop....You and your wife have SEVEN (!) lovely children! Without that photograph, I may have guessed you are a young college student! Congratulations to you and Mama.....It does my heart good, to see a "younger," couple, happily raising a healthy brood, together....and making it work! Continued success. ...UP+++

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      This really touched me. I love it when someone is so honest in their writings -- especially about why they write.

      I read an interesting quote the other day in a book I bought. The words are by Mordecai Richler. I'm sure it doesn't apply to everyone, but I did find it thought-provoking. It's this:

      "Orwell said that writing was revenge on your own childhood and whatever indignities you suffered. That's true, to some extent. It is a way of getting your own back."

      Voting up, beautiful and sharing.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a wonderful hub about writing and families. Sorry I missed this months ago. Hope you had a Blessed Thanksgiving. Sharing. ~~Theresa

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      klarawieck, there are times that I get stressed dealing with so many kids, but I love them and we do have a lot of fun. Making it fun makes it a better experience for all of us. I feel like I get better at writing all the time and it does help me keep my sanity, which makes it all worth while. Thanks for stopping and have a great day.

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      You sure know how to have fun with your family. The video was funny. I agree, the point is using writing as a form of therapy, and who cares if you are not the best writer our there? As long as you continue to improve you're doing better than the majority out there.

      I enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      paintphd, I agree that family is a great subject to write about. Thank you so much for reading and taking a moment to leave a comment, and have a fantastic day.

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      paintphd 5 years ago from Manchester Tennessee

      Your writing about family is a fav subject of mine. I dont think you have it backward at all when you admire your kids accomplishments. They learn to admire by watching you admire them..great job popa bear. VOTED UP

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      MeanGreen, thanks for stopping by, and commenting. Have a great day.

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      MeanGreen 5 years ago

      You have a lot of children. Congrats!

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Ruby211 thank you for reading and for commenting, I appreciate it. Have a great day!

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Dee aka Nonna, thank you for reading, and for taking the time to comment. Sometimes I write because it just helps to get rid of some emotional baggage.

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      Ruby211 5 years ago from Nevada

      You have a beautiful family!! My family also encourages my writing. Its the best when you have someone there to support you. My husband is the whole reason I started putting out any of my work. I was always to shy I guess you could say to really go in public with my poems until he came along. This is beautifully written!! vote up, beautiful and awsome!! Great way to answer the question.

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      "...It dwells..." that said volumes. I love reading about the experiences of other writers, of what make them who they are (to some extent), and what make them put thoughts, ideas and opinions in writing. Thank you for sharing you. I enjoyed reading it very much.