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I Write to Inmate Penpals

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    The reflected eyes scowl back As I search inside my mind Thro the cracked looking glass I see an unfamiliar inmate And a readiness for defeat A face that’s plain and crass I...
    SelangorNight SelangorNight 56-60, M Aug 29

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    I started writing poetry after my big brother died when I was 14 to find a way to express my feelings. But it wasn’t until 2013 when I started to actually publishing my poems on...
    JustPatty JustPatty 31-35, F 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    I write many things here mostly to express what I am feeling or to simply escape from the reality of life for a bit. Being here allows me to be myself secretly and without...
    TheCunylinguist TheCunylinguist 41-45, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    How long are your guys short stories? I want to write some but like I'm trying to decide how long they should be so just looking for ideas. One that I was writing is getting longer...
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 1 hr ago

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    Over the course of a year or so i'll write about all the significant auteurs i've been collecting stuff by since 2005. 1. Rainer Werner Fassbinder In matters of storytelling...
    Nest37 Nest37 36-40, M 1 hr ago

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    I would totally love to help people engineer and create the bones of a story for their book, and get credits not as a writer, but co-creator or co-author, you know, like a how a...
    DoctrineDark DoctrineDark 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    I would totally love to help people engineer and create the bones of a story for their book, and get credits not as a writer, but co-creator or co-author, you know, like a how a...
    DoctrineDark DoctrineDark 26-30, M Aug 22

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    I've been stuck in a rut for about a year now. The only thing I have been able to write is teen romance- which I'm terrible at. The plots are never original. Boy meets girl- or...
    QueenOfLosers QueenOfLosers 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 18

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    I read something sad today from a friend who is now in a similar situation as i was this time last year and my heart goes out to her. As it was a time when i myself felt so very...
    lilreddress lilreddress 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 31

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    Hey fellow writers, so I'm currently working on a book. I've been looking for people that have a passion for writing and that are just starting—like me. The goal would be to work...
    BasicWritingInc BasicWritingInc 16-17, M Sep 1

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    Hey fellow writers, so I'm currently working on a book. I've been looking for people that have a passion for writing and that are just starting—like me. The goal would be to work...
    BasicWritingInc BasicWritingInc 16-17, M 3 Responses Sep 1

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    Hey fellow writers, so I'm currently working on a book. I've been looking for people that have a passion for writing and that are just starting—like me. The goal would be to work...
    BasicWritingInc BasicWritingInc 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 1

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    Hey fellow writers, so I'm currently working on a book. I've been looking for people that have a passion for writing and that are just starting—like me. The goal would be to work...
    BasicWritingInc BasicWritingInc 16-17, M 2 Responses Sep 1

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    Hey fellow writers, so I'm currently working on a book. I've been looking for people that have a passion for writing and that are just starting—like me. The goal would be to work...
    BasicWritingInc BasicWritingInc 16-17, M Sep 1

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    Hey fellow writers, so I'm currently working on a book. I've been looking for people that have a passion for writing and that are just starting—like me. The goal would be to work...
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    Hey fellow writers, so I'm currently working on a book. I've been looking for people that have a passion for writing and that are just starting—like me. The goal would be to work...
    BasicWritingInc BasicWritingInc 16-17, M Sep 1

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    Hey fellow writers, so I'm currently working on a book. I've been looking for people that have a passion for writing and that are just starting—like me. The goal would be to work...
    BasicWritingInc BasicWritingInc 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 2

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    Mines isn't "writing proper" like short stories or anything. I mean, I write poetry, opinion blogs and essays and that's it. However, I write because it's my form of expression...
    Lov3intheasylum Lov3intheasylum 31-35, F Sep 3

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    So You Want To Be A Writer? By Chuck Bukowski. if it doesn’t come bursting out of youin spite of everything,don’t do it.unless it comes unasked out of yourheart...
    Iblis88 Iblis88 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 4

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    Or possibly not. When I was younger I used to write a lot. Most of my output were silly stories I wrote to try to amuse my friends and get attention. The stories were mediocre at...
    somethingx3 somethingx3 31-35, M Sep 5

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    As The World Rhymes: A True Story of A Man That Rhymes by: Rob Paquin I've been rhyming a real long time. Hell, it goes all the way back to my formative years when I was writing...
    TheHiker TheHiker 41-45, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    You Should Be a Song Writer You have the ability to evoke emotion, tell a story, and hook someone... In a very small amount of words, perhaps with some deft rhyming. Even if you...
    Mirages Mirages 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 19

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    You see the world as it should be, and this goes double for all matters of the heart. You can find the romance in any situation, and you would make a talented romance story writer...
    greeneyedlady72 greeneyedlady72 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    I do. I love sharing them and knowing that people read what I write. If people hate what is said in my stories, understandable. Haters gonna hate. But I write because I love to...
    StoryTellar69 StoryTellar69 22-25, M Aug 25

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    You should be a song writer.... You have the ability to evoke emotion, tell a story, and hook someone... In a very small amount of words, perhaps with some deft rhyming. Even if...
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 1

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    Long time ago there were two friends in a village. Among one of them was rich but he hated his father because of his ruthless profession of earning tax for his land from his...
    ExUser007 ExUser007 18-21 Sep 2

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    The first Traitor is the big story I'm working on right now on my word page. It's the story I got about 50 pages into before my computer decided to die and my "friend" tried to fix...
    ImaginaryPrototype ImaginaryPrototype 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    I try. It get's so frustrating to continue to try to do things that you know you are going to fail at. I was diagnosed with Adult Onset ADD when I returned to college at 25. I...
    piprimate piprimate 26-30, F Sep 8

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    An argumentative essay is a genre of writing that requires the student to investigate a topic, collect, generate and evaluate evidence and establish a position on the topic in a...
    davidweb09 davidweb09 26-30, M 6 days ago

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    The general rule for writing is write what you know. This way you will find it much easier to write a story with a beginning. A middle and an end. But I look at my life experiences...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 3 days ago

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    My writing had been stalled for a while because of my own procrastination based on a pretty puerile reason. After recognizing the importance of not allowing something so trivial to...
    MRH1978 MRH1978 36-40, F 6 Responses Aug 17

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    Most people write beautiful quotes here. Shame I can't think of any to write today.
    maiomeN maiomeN 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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    Some people here seem to believe they write poetry just because they write sentences with words that rhyme...lol...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 18

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    Romance Novelist - You see the world as it should be, and this goes double for all matters of the heart. You can find the romance in any situation, and you would make a talented...
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 5 Responses Aug 18

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    I love when other people on here write stories. I enjoy reading the stories and enjoy getting a little insight about the person doing the writing. Everybody has been given a great...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 18

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    I write poems now and then... To express my feelings and emotions, etc. But I never post them... over fear of just being judged by them or someone telling me they're rubbish. I...
    CallMeChelsea CallMeChelsea 16-17, F Aug 20

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