Eudora Welty called "fiction".
"...an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime ...
a sense of where to look for the threads,
how to follow,
how to connect,
find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists."
I call it
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved stories. I've loved the language we use to develop them, the illustrations we use to populate them, and the creativity we need to live in them.
Stories sustained me in crisis and cradled me in chaos. They wove in and around me to keep me together when I wasn't sure what else could.
But at some point, those same stories started bumping into each other, crowding each other out and looping around me with a subtlety hard to recognize. I found myself in stuck in the same problems, trying to find answers in all the wrong places, and missing out on the real business of living and making a difference in this world.
I realized something:
The current version
Of me is nothing more
Than a collection of stories
I’ve believed and a
Series of ones I haven’t yet faced.
So I took my 20 years of teaching experience on a quest. A quest through my own stories I knew, the ones I taught, and many I'd never heard.
It's been a remarkable process, one that has absolutely turned me inside and back out in the best way possible. One that I'm still in the process of finding out.
I call this quest and the process of living it out: StoryFinding.
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"Tell your own story and you will be interesting" - Louise Bourgeois
You already have everything you need to tell your story, you just don't know it yet.
A person's TRUTH is the only thing worth writing about and authenticity is the special sauce. The difficulty lies in seeing the truth in one's own life and then expressing that in an authentic way. It's simple, but it's not easy.
I created this ebook after working with thousands of students on their college essays. It's a quick guide to 5 important and often unknown truths that students should know BEFORE writing their college essays. I hope you find it helpful!
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."