Half Way There

I got half way in the (possibly, hopefully) final draft of my debut novel. I set myself up at Barriques in Middleton last night again, where one other writer joined me to write. My manuscript is 400 pages long. So, around 7:45 last night I reached my half way point. Did you feel some shift in your world around that time? No? Me neither. It’s good to mark such places in our writing and life though — feel some sense of accomplishment. Of course, there’s those coming 200 pages I have to rewrite my way through, and make captivating as I do. … Continue reading

In Other Words . . .

“Facts can never be understood except in communion with the imagination.”– Parker J Palmer   “Writing, real writing, should leave a small sweet bruise somewhere on the writer . . . and on the reader.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés   “Does the blind man own his escort? No, neither do we the story: rather it is the story that owns us and directs us.”–Chinua Achebe   “We transcend this world by being able to story it differently.” –David R. Loy, The World is made of Stories “Fairy tales, as G. K. Chersterton once said, are more than true. Not because … Continue reading

False Memory Syndrome is False (And How To Grow A Tale)

I’m not concerned about false memory syndrome, because the memory contains a meaningful story, and to me as a therapist, it’s the story that matters. I work with the stories people carry within them because it’s these stories that direct behaviors and choices. Even if you try to leave the past behind, it presents itself in how you live today. As Neil Gaiman says in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, “Memories were waiting at the edges of things, beckoning to me.” We are who we are as a result of the stories we believe about ourselves. Charles Baxter puts … Continue reading