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I Write to Inmate Penpals

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    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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    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 70+ 6 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    hisgirlXOXO hisgirlXOXO 22-25, F Mar 29

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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 3 Responses May 27, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Why is it I can write worthless posts with ease but when it comes to getting down to writing something more important it's pathetic? Like it's so annoying! I can write this without...
    XxLittleBrotherxX XxLittleBrotherxX 18-21, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    In the words of Alan Watts: "Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a ******* death row inmate...
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    Today marks 13 years me and my baby have been together and since he told me he loves me. I never knew the meaning of love till he told me he loved me. Everything fell into place...
    Babybf Babybf 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 21

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    Today I had an epiphany, yes an epiphany (is there an echo in here?) I'm a writer, I write a lot, and write well, and enjoy doing so; therefore if I'm not writing, I'm not...
    Sebastianblack Sebastianblack 26-30, M Nov 28

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    Today I had an epiphany, yes an epiphany (is there an echo in here?) I'm a writer, I write a lot, and write well, and enjoy doing so; therefore if I'm not writing, I'm not...
    Sebastianblack Sebastianblack 26-30, M Nov 28

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    Our life’s events are written down In the Journals of our mind. We write about the loves we’ve lost And those we hope to find. We write about our hopes and fears To store...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 3 Responses Dec 5

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    I don't write for anyone to read it. I write to get out the demons. Sometimes its painful, sometimes it makes me feel happy. It's nice when some else tells me they can relate. Even...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 5 Responses Dec 3

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    Write to six people without saying who they are . #1. Since we first met you have changed me and my life. I think of you everyday. I see some of myself in you, some of the things...
    manofsolitude manofsolitude 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 4

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    I've wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. I had to read an hour a day from the age of 5, thanks to my dad, and that made me love books. I loved it because of the...
    nuttyduck nuttyduck 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 13

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    Breaking My Bad: -------------------------------- A world of hurt surrounds me, but I no longer feel its pain, my words in composition struggle to feed my brain. Why is it I...
    EnternalSoul EnternalSoul 46-50, M Nov 25

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    I like to write, but I am not a writer so this group seemed appropriate. I'm not sure what I'd be doing if I hadn't met the person who inspires me to write. I have a feeling she's...
    Friability Friability 18-21 Nov 28

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    Write to six people without saying who they are . #1 . You are the only person I am terrified of ever losing . My litany . My endless source of love and laughter . My protege...
    Angelofthesilencess Angelofthesilencess 31-35, F 6 Responses Dec 4

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    Often the sillier the better, as I hope will be demonstrated here :)) The New Pen I bought a pack of new pens today. I picked one out and asked, "Whaddaya say?" The pen looked up...
    paulie138 paulie138 66-70, M 1 Response Dec 9

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    I believe several people on EP are excellent writers. I think that it is good to occasionally read the stories written by these excellent writers, however, it can be very...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M 2 Responses Dec 9

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    I don't write a lot anymore but part of my being here is to remedy that. I used to spend hours pouring my heart and soul out onto miles of tractor feed printer paper back in the...
    FatoProfugus FatoProfugus 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 11

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    Sitting for hours and hours, thinking of different ideas, too many ideas, and imagining writing them with complete fluidity of the pen which moves in complete harmony with the...
    Johnny88 Johnny88 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 13

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    My friends and family... above all my family. They're goofy and quirky and smart, and they are always there for me. They encourage me to be myself and make my own decisions, and...
    soutson soutson 13-15, F Nov 22

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    I was thinking about yesterday. I was told that I need to speak and if I can't then I have to write. also I was told that it would painful, the possibility of giving up is high...
    sidham sidham 26-30, F Nov 24

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    I know this might seem obvious already, but I love poetry. It's one of the few forms of writing that I enjoy writing over reading. I used to do it as a kid, write out little rhymes...
    BrokenWingedDove BrokenWingedDove 16-17 Nov 29

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    I tried participating National Novel Writing Month for the first time this year. Unfortunately, I didn't make it to 50,000 words. I only made it to 10,000. I'm really disappointed...
    ImaginaryAlchemist ImaginaryAlchemist 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 30

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    I constantly write about anything. I really enjoy it whether it be some tidbit or a deep reflection, I just love to write. If I can touch one person with my writing, it was worth...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 2

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    Dream job would be a writer with a well paid editor! I have great content just need someone to correct my tenses and spelling errors. Also I love commas and use them...
    daddysgirl6 daddysgirl6 31-35, F 6 Responses Dec 3

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    Constantly thinking, thoughts moving about. How can I not help expressing these thoughts of mine. Those that write are constantly thinking and sharing. The ability to express your...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 4

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    I write down my thoughts. Right now I am writing them on EP. I am having a variety of thoughts. I can't write them all. The ones I chose are the ones that I feel can lead me...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M 1 Response Dec 5

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    Do you have any planning/outlining techniques when you write something lengthy? I normally just write, but sometimes, I loose focus...anyone have any techniques useful to outlining...
    jayinthebox jayinthebox 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 6

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    I've had writers block for 2 months and I'm going beezurk for real. Howwww do you get over writers block?
    Minnowshi Minnowshi 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 6

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    Never ask a poet, or a writer who they write about.
    ThePinkPowerRanger ThePinkPowerRanger 31-35, F 5 Responses Dec 7

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    But inside I put myself down by saying that I wouldn't make any money, and that I wouldn't make it. I would love to write real and raw teenage love stories, and I would love my...
    Ginkofishin Ginkofishin 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 8

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    I especially like to write letters. I would love to have a pen pal but in 2015 no one writes or even sends letters.
    anonymouslymysterious anonymouslymysterious 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 9

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    I was a professional creative writer .. I was given a grant by my Government to see if I could make a go of it... The 'muses' flowed but I had little success . The BBC said I had...
    Homejames Homejames 51-55, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Four stages of grief First stage is denial Second is depression Third is anger Last is acceptance Shoot I went straight to anger and slowly turning towards acceptance. There...
    ReflectiveMan ReflectiveMan 41-45, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    I love to write, but what can I write? Everything good is taken, or doesn't come out right on paper.
    JezebelWhitman JezebelWhitman 16-17, F 7 Responses a week ago

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    I don't claim to be a poet, though I sometimes write poetry, albeit poorly. I write what happens to be in, or pouring from, my heart and soul. This is for, to, and about, my best...
    waterbaby79 waterbaby79 31-35, F a week ago

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    I write kpop and anime fanfiction! :) I also write **** and guyxguy (never done girlxgirl before sorry!) If anyone wants one, just hit me up! :) I can do scenarios and one shots...
    kpopgirl21 kpopgirl21 18-21, F 3 days ago