You’ve heard the term now, you’ve seen the title of our website, maybe you’ve seen the hashtag on Twitter.
So, at this point, you might be asking yourself what, exactly, is an UpWrite Lady?
It’s a perfectly logical question, one I’ve spent the better part of the last few months thinking about.
Finally, I’ve come to some conclusions.
In short, the answer is… you.
You, just the way you are right in this moment, embody everything that is the philosophy of UpWriteLadies.
You’re here, at this silly little website that’s the result of years of work and toil of two women who are writers, and you’re not here because we’re so amazing.
You’re here because you’re amazing.
Even if I’ve never met you, I know you’re amazing because you’re a writer.
And being a writer is hard. On every level, it’s hard. It’s hard to start something new, it’s hard to finish something old, it’s hard to edit, hard to revise, hard to know when it’s the best it can possibly be.
You’re a writer, not because it’s always fun or enjoyable or easy, but because you’re compelled on some level to write.
Even if no one ever sees it.
Even if you’ll never be satisfied with it.
Even if it’s inconvenient and painful sometimes.
Still, you write.
Perhaps you write scribbling on a notebook during your lunch break from a retail job you hate.
Perhaps you write on a laptop in a coffee shop, the smells and sounds of the busy world around fading into nothing as you lose yourself in your keyboard.
Perhaps you write only in your mind, outlining your great novel that will never be completed.
The point is, you write.
Wherever, however, whenever, you write.
You don’t give up.
You don’t turn it off.
You don’t think it’s silly or pointless, because even if no one reads it just the act of writing itself is cathartic and healing.
You write for the joy of finding just the right word, just the right sentence, just the right description. You write because you can express yourself so much more eloquently on the page than you can in person, when you don’t have the opportunity for endless edits to get it just so.
And that’s why UpWriteLadies exists.
Writing is one of the most solitary things in the world you can do. Unless you’re in writer’s room on a sitcom or working with other reclusive, introverted people on a project, writing is all internal. It’s quiet. It’s lonely.
It doesn’t have to be lonely!
We at UpWriteLadies exist because Amber and I understand everything you’re going through. We understand what it’s like to procrastinate and put off writing because it’s just so much easier sometimes. We understand that all the good things in this world, family and friends and beauty and pain and everything in between, needs to be talked about. It needs to be expressed, and you are the one who needs to express it.
And we want to give you a place to express it.
We want to give you a place to be honored and encouraged, to be praised and lauded, and to praise and laud others who so richly deserve it.
There isn’t enough positivity and enough joy in this world. Maybe we can’t change the world, but we can change this corner of the Internet.
Our corner of the Internet.
Your corner of the Internet.
We can’t do it without you.
Because you’re amazing.