American Writers Museum

Words energize my thoughts like caffeine energizes the body.

They swirl aimlessly throughout my brain, slowly making their way into my heart where the marinate and eventually, produce something worth sharing.

Reading a book takes me on a tale spin of ideas, research, longing to experience that historical world to get into the author's head and join them on the adventure of storytelling.

In the last few months, I have unexpectedly fallen into a new world of writing that far surpasses my expectations and my dreams, so when I find out the American Writers Museum was a mere block from the hotel I was staying at in Chicago, it quickly became the most important place for me to visit on our trip.

What I didn't expect, however, is how it would take hold of my emotions. How I would suddenly be on the verge of tears as I read about the American authors throughout history who shaped how we view words, the meaning of words, the depths of words and how those words changed history.

Because as a writer, there is nothing more thrilling than knowing your words changed someone's heart to love deeper, forgive openly, create change, and mostly, write history.

Without a passion for the written word, this may sound awfully strange, but for those of you who do, I hope it inspires you to visit this quaint little exhibit that possesses all things that make our soul burn.

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