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I Write to Inmate Penpals

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 61 People

    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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    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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    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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    I wrote to an inmate in US

    and it was it best and worst experience I ever had .I genuinely wrote in with my purest intention but I then know that there is a reason why they are there...sometimes it's a connection u felt as u need to an incarcerated person as there were times I felt captive in my own walls...
    walkingwarrior walkingwarrior 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 27

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    Recently I wrote to an inmate

    and I was attracted to his profile caption .His introduction strikes me as a nice ,Humble sensitive guy .So we started having intense chats,morning to night ,night to day .I existed on his world,I became obsessed with him and felt a sense of empathy for him .I then come to...
    birdsrestingonabranch birdsrestingonabranch 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 28

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Jul 21, 2011

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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 1 Response Feb 22, 2013

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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 2 Responses May 2, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Why do you write? Are you inspired and if so by who or what?
    for3v3r7 for3v3r7 26-30, F 3 Responses 13 hrs ago

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    I do alot of writing in my journal. I find that it helps me. I write alot of my thoughts down.
    Missgirlie Missgirlie 41-45, F 5 hrs ago

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    He bares his soul when he writes her love letters.
    oneinawillian oneinawillian 41-45, M 2 hrs ago

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    I Will Write No More of Love---- A re-post, from a time in 2013 that I almost left here. But back then, there was such an outpouring of love and caring that I stayed. In a...
    Elandra77 Elandra77 56-60 5 Responses May 3

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    Tell me if this is a good story.Just comment a good or bad please PLEASE. IM 13 AND I WANT THIS TO BE KEPT AS MINE. DONT STEAL IT. Sometimes, when I go to the bathroom at the end...
    oneinforty oneinforty 16-17, F May 3

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    Sometimes I wish I could say everything I know and want without getting in trouble or hurting others. I don't. I keep too many things inside wondering and worrying what people...
    KuriosityKills KuriosityKills 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 29

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    For anybody who even cares: a status update on my fiction writing project ---------------------- Last night I did pretty well. I get ideas for this project in snippets - usually at...
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 18 Responses May 14

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    Kinda ironic... Never been in love, but I just love romanticism. Romance is my passion when writing poetry or stories... Idk if I really like romance in real life because I have...
    UNDecodable UNDecodable 18-21, F May 2

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    http://www.blogthings.com/whattypeofwritershouldyoubequiz/results/?result=Film I got film, but I prefer writing novels. I am character writer. I also took What your greatest...
    RebekahWriter13 RebekahWriter13 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 30

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    I have completely lost my passion for science, but I really want to find it again because I so badly want to help people! But I think I need to take a break from science. Maybe for...
    HannahSavannah HannahSavannah 18-21, F 1 Response May 10

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    I love to write fiction. I have always been a good writer and one day I hope to get a book published. But....I get Writer's Block a lot!!! I have an amazing story idea on minute...
    HollowHeart17 HollowHeart17 18-21, F May 11

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    I write my thoughts down sometimes to handle the situation and I always feel better after it. I just wish i would have a talent for it because I don't think that what I write is...
    sk1606 sk1606 16-17, F 2 Responses May 13

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    i wanted to tell the world my story and be an inspiration.. but i dont know how or where to start to write a book. i hope if there are writers or aspiring writers here can tell me...
    sheiszahra sheiszahra 22-25, F 1 Response May 16

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    Yes , I can captilize to mean Im "YELLING" ,I write to be heard and feel heard . I write to leave my thoughts behind. So my kids , my grandson , will have these stories available...
    MsOracle MsOracle 66-70, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Currently I write Loki/Thor/Jane fanfiction . . . I also write Supernatural fanfiction I'm Rebekah1213 at fanfiction.net
    RebekahWriter13 RebekahWriter13 31-35, F Apr 29

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    I always write from the heart......Scorpio by nature....so my writing is deep...intense...emotional whether it is happy or sad.... I feel it inside, visualize what I want it to...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 2 Responses May 3

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    I feel it easier to write my feelings because barely anyone cares so I have no one to explain my feelings to so instead I write them to myself, I just wish more people cared:(
    katieleigh2408 katieleigh2408 13-15, F 3 Responses May 4

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    I have Horrible writers block I alway have a plan for a story but then I get writers block and as I'm trying to come up with something I get a new idea for a new story and the...
    YummyKupkakes YummyKupkakes 18-21, F 3 Responses May 4

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    'Your Seamless Love' I should have written of you And of your fair voice When we were younger We were so much in love Many long days together We would lay, and play In the...
    tommiatkins tommiatkins 56-60, M 2 Responses May 9

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    I don't know what to write about. I have major writers block! Any ideas?
    hallow1331 hallow1331 13-15, F 5 Responses May 10

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    Hey! I'm an aspiring writer, well I love writing and I've been told I'm quite good at it. I am normally a darker, more serious topics writer but I also attempt other things.... If...
    justordinarygirl2015 justordinarygirl2015 16-17, F 1 Response May 10

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    I have always wanted to write a novel. Actually, I have always wanted to just write a book. My writing comes by way of inspiration from many, many different things. And one day...
    SapioT SapioT 41-45, M 5 Responses May 10

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    The rain woke me. I thought I would write you a story based on my life. Mom and I have always had a thing for rain, we love the idea of watching the rain as we have hot coco, or...
    Chabelle Chabelle 22-25, F May 12

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    I want to write a few stories but I can't think of anything to write about !
    FlowerChildWithARockNRollSoul FlowerChildWithARockNRollSoul 18-21, F 5 Responses May 13

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    So I have a friend who has always told me that when she writes her poems, its best to write from experience. Well she's true.. Here's a poem I wrote a few days ago, hope you all...
    Beast16 Beast16 16-17, F 1 Response May 14

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    When people **** me off, I write poems about it xD it's my therapy (I always write poetry, not only when I'm angry, but it helps!)
    lindamerja lindamerja 26-30, F 1 Response May 14

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    I used to write everything, I used to write out these elaborate poems about my inner struggles, my inner darkness, my sadness, my desire for freedom, my hearts song, I would...
    squeezenbiteme squeezenbiteme 31-35, M May 14