I have been writing regularly since I was about 13 or 14 years old.
I remember how it started. I had been told by an authority figure – a teacher or a therapist – I can’t remember which one — that I needed to start writing every day. They were trying to force me to write about my feelings so I would deal with my mom’s passing because I wasn’t dealing with it at all. I was just rehearsing all the time.
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In a lot of ways it was bad that they were trying to force me to write because, as with anything, when you force a kid or actually an adult as well, to try to do something – the first thing you want to do is be defensive and not do it…
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