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I Write to Inmate Penpals

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 53 People

    Complain

    So you'll complain about the rising cost of prisons and housing prisoners, you'll complain about them having access to internet and penpals. You'll say they should never be allowed outside the 4 walls yet somehow when they are on the third, fourth or even sixth prison term - you...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 22, 2010

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    My Mickey

    i was browsing through prison penpal sights. i found his profile. my eyes were fixed straight away.i was drawn towards him. like the picture was saying write to me. so i started writing. i got a reply three week later. took longer because of me been in the uk.the more we write...
    avongirl33 avongirl33 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 21, 2011

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    18 years ago he made a mistake

    while he was blacked-out drunk. By the time he gets out he will have spent half his life behind bars. I can't imagine what that must do to someone's sense of self. If wonder if he knows who he is outside of the prison walls. To go in a young stupid kid, and come out a middle...
    b1tch2u b1tch2u 31-35 Dec 15, 2014

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    Pen Pals

    I used to write to inmates when I was younger...but not for very long. Then after my divorce and everything....I decided to start writing to them again. I figure that they would make better pen pals than most, since they would have time to write and also thought it would be...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 1 Response May 2, 2012

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    I Stick By My Friends

    I don't want to give too many details because that might reveal my identity, but I'll just say that a friend of mine messed up and got 9 years in prison. I do go to visit every once in a while (it's a 4 1/2 hour drive, so I don't get to visit much), but normally we just write...
    alicia87 alicia87 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2011

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    Saving For the Book!

    When I tell snippets about my life,  many different areas,  people say "you should write a book"! I am not depressed today,  but more so this week.  I am brand new and don't understand how to change it.   Also with the matching of...
    HollyBelinda HollyBelinda 61-65, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2009

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    hisgirlXOXO hisgirlXOXO 22-25, F Mar 29, 2014

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    The Unlikely Noble Masses

    There are no doubt many people who will question, caution or outright denounce me writing inmates. But just because you are stuck in punishment for a crime to society that is a financial mortal wound doesn't mean you are not still human. Nor does it mean that you don't have a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 25, 2010

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    Convict Pen Pal

    A couple months ago my house burned down and not long after I received a letter in the mail from a prisoner who read about what happened. I thought it would be rude not to write back to him and that's when it started. We started writing letters back and forth talking as just...
    Lunarmoon22 Lunarmoon22 22-25, F 2 Responses May 27, 2013

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    Lve Life To The Max!!!!

    I write to inmate penpals that are sad or depressed that need a little fire starter like me to help cheer their moods! I am very energetic and vivacious i'm very approachable I don't care what colour,race or ethnic background you from just want to know how are you feeling today...
    komal1 komal1 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 24, 2009

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    I Am Doing This For Me As Much As For Her

    First, I must acknowledge the person who encouraged me to reach out. PRP, a core family member in my circle here, and I  had a long discussion about initiating contact with inmates. Many hours and research went into this. While he forged ahead, and gave me updates...
    angelwings626 angelwings626 41-45, F 6 Responses Jun 29, 2010

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    Magazine

    Hello everyone. I came across this group and have read through some really inspiring and emotive stories. It's brilliant that some of you have formed such good friendships with inmates. I am a feature writer in the UK for women's magazines and I was wondering if any of you would...
    littlestar89 littlestar89 22-25, F Feb 22, 2013

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    Friendship For Life

    I was watching a documentary about inmate pen pals and thought I would give it a go and hopefully brighten someone's days with my letters. I found a site and got to the 1st page and there he was, I'm not sure what it was but I just had a gut feeling that this would be him. We...
    FreeVic FreeVic 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2011

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    I generally love to write fiction. I don't write as much anymore, because I've been overly tired and awfully overworked, but I wish I had more time to do things I want to do, and...
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    I have to write. It's like a nervous energy that pushes me around. I go through periods where everything seems poetic and I want to capture that moment and paint it into...
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    I've always wanted to be a writer. The written word has always come so naturally to me. When my spoken word fails me the written ones never do. I read my work from high school and...
    LexaLee44 LexaLee44 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    Its been a long since i had to write in here..! I like writing, writing for me is a way of expressing my feelings, sometimes is hard to speak for how u feel, u know? and sometimes...
    insomniadreamer insomniadreamer 26-30, F Feb 12

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    This is essentially going to be talking to myself, but not really. I want to write a letter to my future self. Dear Future Abby (or whatever your name is now), Today I'm feeling...
    winception winception 13-15, T 1 Response Feb 19

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    Being a writer is much harder than it seems but I love it. My mind and spirit are so wild and untamed that writing is my only way to free the inner-being that is myself. Call me...
    Svetyevokov101 Svetyevokov101 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 24

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    Trying to write a Digimon one and a Fatal frame/Zero/Project Zero one. Writer's block :/
    UnfinishedStar UnfinishedStar 18-21, F Feb 8

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    I want to write a book but I cant even focus on a story let alone write it down!
    Musicgirlyy Musicgirlyy 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 10

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    "Bad Poetry" I call it bad poetry sometimes it's just stacked lines sometimes it's banal and trite I break the academic rules and write songs to be sung by fools Maybe I don't...
    puck61 puck61 51-55, M 3 Responses Feb 13

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    write make me feel free Free in this world of slavery where you can't do wat you like where you are judged for every thing when i white i feel like a bird, a bird who was in a...
    louisemalika louisemalika 16-17, F Feb 15

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    I want to write a four-part series with a plot of something similar to the video game franchise 'Payday'. I've been told I'm an okay writer so I'd like to give it a go. If anyone...
    CasualSphinx CasualSphinx 18-21, M Feb 18

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    I normally hate it when I'm working on a story and suddenly everything I had imagined and just shuts down and stops working. It annoys me completely, I wish I could the story that...
    Izzy143 Izzy143 18-21, F Feb 18

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    CHAPTER 1 For me, writing is a way of living, it is a way to feel free. There are no restrictions; it is just you. Anyone can be a writer; it doesn't matter if your stories...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 18

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    I have always been a creative person and when I was a kid and always in school. Teachers used to tell me I could write and would one day become an author and wtite stories. I love...
    OKPunk OKPunk 18-21, M Feb 19

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    I would love to write a book. Scary, romantic or drama. The starting parts are hard. If I was to write a book in the story I would always have the characters talking to one another...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 23

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    I've been writing for years now. I haven't gone to school for it, I haven't really let anyone know until now. My best friend doesn't know, my parents don't know. I hate people...
    asinc5157 asinc5157 18-21 1 Response Feb 23

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    Whatever I post at any given day is my current emotion but it does mellow. Sometimes I write the events of the day because I only wanna vent out. There's no one in my real world...
    4BlackForest 4BlackForest 36-40, F 6 Responses Feb 23

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    I just signed up for an online course on how to write a novel. It may turn out to be totally useless, but if it can get me writing again, it's worth it. All these feelings and...
    CAgrlnGA CAgrlnGA 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 25

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    I do but don't. I love writing but not for no reason. I cant just sit down and write. There has to be a reason. I love sending letters. I know its super outdated but I do feel like...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    ...but I have few to no original ideas. I'm scared that if I write based on songs by Vocaloids , I'll be accused of plagiarism, even though I'm not writing a song, and I'm not...
    Kairics Kairics 13-15, T 1 Response 4 days ago

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    It's weird, I used to be able to write so easily. I mean, I felt bad about it, because it was always very dark, but it felt natural. And now I'm just sitting here like huh, what do...
    consistentshift consistentshift 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    hi just started this group , I would love it if you would join and maybe write a story for everyone to enjoy :-)
    batgirl9691 batgirl9691 18-21, F Feb 6

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    I write this really quickly, with little revision so sorry if you don't like it. Here I am, I find myself one foot in the rabbit hole Walking blindly towards something I've never...
    theartistt theartistt 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 7

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    Yes, I love writing. Took a break from this site, just to find myself missing it. With this site, I find myself able to write my feelings out to the world and hope it would make...
    WarzJack WarzJack 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 7

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    Writing my soul down into words the words I write are me they are my outlet my escape from my confining flesh setting free the things I can no longer hold and I can go back to the...
    Lovinglover Lovinglover 26-30, F Feb 7

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    Wallflower Dear friend, I was your Charlie and you were my Sam Feeling infinite Your smile would make me forget where I am I always tried spending every minute You had blonde...
    XxWolverinaxX XxWolverinaxX 18-21 Feb 7

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    Wallflower Dear friend, I was your Charlie and you were my Sam Feeling infinite Your smile would make me forget where I am I always tried spending every minute You have blonde...
    XxWolverinaxX XxWolverinaxX 18-21 3 Responses Feb 7

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