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I Sought a Good-Luck Charm to Write. I Found My Body Instead

To choose an omamori is to cast a wish.

Noyou throw a coin, clap twice in front of your chest, bow your head

On Becoming an American Writer

I have something that wants to be written

Why wouldn’t you do the work? What could possibly stop you?luckBad luck could stop you. Depression could stop you. Grief could stop you. Your body’s needs could stop you. So many things can stop you.

I am safe. I am loved.

Clap twice in front of your chest, bow into yourself.

Katie Okamoto's writing has appeared in Catapult, The Atlantic, Eater, TASTE, Metropolis, and BuzzFeed Reader, among other places. She participated in the 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop for non-fiction and memoir and is at work on a book. Formerly, Katie was the senior editor at Metropolis, the architecture and design magazine, in New York City. Find them at