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STUDENT FILES: Why write for the newspaper?

Mackenzie Shepherd is one of two high school students writing for the Free Press this year
Mackenzie Shepherd is one of two Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School students writing for the 100 Mile Free Press this year. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

I am Mackenzie Shepherd, and I would like to write for the newspaper because writing gives me the freedom to share my thoughts, imagination, and feelings with other people.

When I was just a little girl my parents always told me that I was full of life. As I got older, I noticed that more and more throughout my writing.

I remember creating stories in my head every night before bed to help me sleep. I think this made writing easier for me because I was able to bring these wild stories of mine to life on paper. Of course, my stories could have used more editing but besides that, it had brought me so much joy being able to tell people what went on in my mind.

Writing can be anything from romance to horror, adventure to mystery, or fantasy to dystopian. That’s what I love about it so much, anyone can do it. You don’t have to be a mathematician or a doctor or the smartest person in the world. All you have to do is write out your thoughts.

I would say the only hard part about writing is that you don’t always know what you want to write. I get writers block a lot and I think that is because in our own head, we know what we want to say but we don’t always know how to put it down into words.

Writing can make you see that you aren’t the only person who thinks and feels the same way as you do.

You can read something about one person and relate to it which makes me feel not as alone in my head. I would really like to do the same for people and that is why I would like to write for the newspaper.