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The Writing Journey: Giving Back | Writers In The Storm
by Laura Drake Tis the season. Bell ringers with kettles stand outside stores, vying for territory with candy sale fund-raisers. We're receiving charity requests every day in the mail, and at work, we're adopting needy families for the Holidays. Sometimes it seems easier to shut the door and close yourself in a nice quiet writing room. But when you do that, you also shut out everything you need to become a great writer and a better person. This time of year especially, I count my blessings, and ask myself how I can give back. I make my goals for volunteerism for the coming year. I was suspicious if this was even a valid word, so I looked it up in Dictionary.com: vol·un·teer·ism vɒl ənˈtɪərɪzəm/ [vol-uhn-teer-iz-uhm] noun The policy or practice of volunteering one's time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one's community. I'm NOT here to preach – everyone has different life circumstances and schedules to keep. But I'd like to make a