The Importance of Telling One's Stories
Over the years, I've worked with many people whose stories have been so important that they've worked on them in illness and even until death. Why? Because leaving their story behind, whether in the form of fiction or memoir, felt crucial. They didn't want to part with life before telling some of what they'd learned during the ride. Here's a link to an opinion piece I wrote about the most powerful instance of this I've encountered in decades of working with writers. First lines:
After decades of writing and mentoring writers, I see that this is true: We each have one story to tell above others, a story given to us by our particular placements in life.