Our Own Stories

We have stories to tell. Every single person on this earth is a living, breathing collection of pages. We are all telling our own stories every day. We add new characters and sometimes characters exit. There is a mixture of comedy, tragedy, romance, suspense and sometimes even horror.

What stories do you have to tell? What is your story? Our stories make us who we are. There is no story greater or smaller than any other. They are all important and they are all beautiful in their own ways.

Share your story with us. We want to hear it.


I’m the kind of person who likes a pen and paper more than a keyboard. I’m the person in the coffee shop scribbling on napkins when an idea inevitably pops into my head. Sometimes its just an image, not even a complete thought. I try and write down the image and then later craft a story around it. Sitting here in this coffee shop, looking out the window, I had one of those little flashes and scribbled away. I’ll share it with you.

–The sun was getting low on the horizon. The sky was that strange mixture of oranges, purples and pinks and the day’s last lights were glistening on the water. It was both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. He gazed ahead. This might be the last sunset he would ever see and he didn’t want to waste it. He just wanted to forget, if only for a moment, and take in the warmth. As the sun finally made its final descent beneath the water he looked back one last time. He looked back on the life he knew he had to leave behind. Looked back on all the things he should have become. Looked back on the all the things he became instead. And with that thought, he pushed the boat off the shore, took a deep breath, and let the tide take him out into whatever future lay ahead.–


Why do humans love stories so much? What is it in us that draws us to tales of dragons or romance or mystery? We’ve been telling each other stories for thousands of years and I don’t see us slowing down anytime soon. Stories make us who we are as a whole and as an individual. A great story even has the power to change us.

I just recently finished my doctorate so I’ve been spending a lot of time lately trying to catch up on all of the stories I haven’t had the chance to read. My top three so far this year:

1. The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin

2. Beartown by Fredrick Backman

3. Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta

What are your top three this year?

(I’m always looking for a good recommendation!)

A little about me…

I’m not one to give away too much of my personal life on social media (especially something as open as a blog) but I’ll share a few things about me. I am by no means a professional writer. Just someone who likes to scribble things onto coffee shop napkins and has a tendency to let my thoughts wander through my fingers onto a keyboard. I’m a college professor in the beautiful Southern USA. I love to travel, camp, write and explore anything new at least once just to see if I like it. I hope to get to know you all soon as we share out stories.

Welcome To Open Writers


Welcome to Open Writers. I firmly believe that everyone has a creative side and I want to open the door for anyone to express that. This blog is dedicated to YOU! I want to share your stories. Feel free to submit any short story, essay, poem, literally anything that you want to share (within reason obviously). This is a place for both reader and writer. I hope that we can all share the stories that make us who we are.