Why we need writing

Can I Get a Witness?

 

I don’t know about you, but I want to maximize everything about being alive. Writing is one way to witness your life— to document the inner workings of your mind, your feelings and knowledge, and the lived experiences that have mattered the most to you.

We all have a story to tell, but it’s often not exactly the one you think. My philosophy is to shatter the surface of yourself, and dive deep to see what treasures arrive when you allow stories to naturally bubble up.

Like Leonard Cohen wrote, life cracks open in a gorgeous way when we let go of our perfect offering, “that’s how the light gets in.”

Do you have to be an aspiring author to start? Aim to be Terry Gross’ latest guest on Fresh Air?Become a Phd in literary craft and publishing?

No. (You can, of course, but it’s not necessary.)

Just be you. This is your story. Your voice. Your way. All the material you need resides within.

Writing, with me, in my “Petri dish,” is a place where we celebrate the beauty, laughter, joy, melancholy, ache, and difficulty of being alive. Writing is how we impart the lessons we’ve learned to the audiences that matter to us. Trust me, in this work, together is better.

Katie

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