by Laura Baliman, Age 13, UK
Some people may not be fulfilled by reading a story because they think stories are merely letters on a blank page. But, when you read a page, and read it well, there is so much that can be brought alive, so much that can be born into our own world through words.
I love writing because I am creating and imagining and discovering. Every second a new word enters a new sentence which is born into my world and I love that! I write about everything and anything I can: events, thoughts and day-dreams. These things form and get twisted into words, and when I get them right the event is so vivid in my head that it pounds and pounds and I am alive! Life is no longer just the graceful monotony of time passing away when I write. It is vivid!
Writing means different things to different people. To some it may only be a compulsory, arduous task that has to be completed for the sake of homework. But for me, writing is also about dreams. I don’t just kind of want to be a writer someday; I will be a writer, and I am a writer.
It is my passion for writing that justifies my life. I write so that I can fulfill my dream of being a writer and fulfill whatever else inside me that needs to be fulfilled. I want to be a writer so that I can touch the world and be heard. I have so much to say, and I’m going to say it.
Laura Baliman is a 13 year old writer from the UK. She has been previously published in Wild N Free, an anthology of animal stories. Laura says, “I spend a lot of time on English assignments because they force me to actually complete and edit a story. I struggle to think of anything but writing!”