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Like many things that eventually take shape, A Thousand Candid Words manifested from a very real need in my early twenties.

At 23, I was hired as an Associate Copywriter for a reputable home remodel and design company. It was a great first “real” job and has since then evolved into a great career. A dream career, even. But it became apparent after only a year that it wasn’t pushing forward my writing in the most constructive way. The format was tight and the chance to write creatively was finite. When the rules and the editing that came with the rules became too limiting, I knew I needed to begin seeking an outlet elsewhere.

I needed a space I could rely on to release that pent-up creativity — a platform to liberate those restrained words. That’s where A Thousand Candid Words came about.

It’s definitely daunting to get one of these blog-style sites up and running, especially with the blogosphere that exists today. And I know I’m no expert on any specific topic, so things like this are risky. But it’s also important that I follow my gut and take those necessary steps and leaps to get where I want.

So, even if I’m sending this introduction into some great void of the World Wide Web, here I am. Writer, dreamer, doer (once the courage shows up). A twenty-something gal from California with nothing particularly important to say, but who’s just going to say it anyway.

My name is Marissa, and welcome to A Thousand Candid Words.