“Writing is a second chance at life. Although we can never go back in time to change the past, we can re-experience, interpret, and make peace with our past lives.”

Jane Taylor McDonell, Living to Tell the Tale

Writing fiction has the power to transform even the ugliest of memories into something else, maybe beautiful, maybe funny, maybe hard and ugly too, but in a different way. Through changing the details of your memories writing stories you can free yourself from the pain of the past and create happy endings where perhaps none existed before. Trouble is (or maybe it isn’t a problem at all) when you write fiction based on the facts of your life, the memories get mixed in with the made up bits and you can’t really remember which is which. 

Create something beautiful from your uglies and let them go forever.

Love to all,


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