I write myself a letter at the end of every year. While supporting a friend in writing her own letter, my 2015 epistle dropped into my hands. I was surprised. It was in a pile of stationery I sift through regularly, yet I hadn’t seen it until it materialized, one corner of the envelope poking into my palm. For the first time I can remember, I was afraid to open it. I didn’t want to see what I had written because 2016 was a very hard year. It was far
Most of my work centers on supporting individuals who are surviving or have survived abuse. I would argue that anyone who has survived trauma is still surviving it, but that’s it’s own writing. What I do is help individuals voice and reshape their stories. I do this because my story is one of abuse and survival. Over the years, I have written and rewritten what happened to me along with–and here’s the heart of what I teach–what should have happened to me. I write myself now into my story then.
The lamp lived by her bedside. It lit the dark nights with a lavender glow. It was like jewelry for the eyes, and gave the curious sense of wearing sunglasses in the dark. Or glasses that created sun. It was clean. That’s why she placed it in this space. It was clean and the light was warm, but in daylight it felt stark. Like it was only pretending to be pretty. It was too much like her and she hated it. There was a reason she smashed mirrors with abandon,
It’s party time! Remember that invitation you made last week? How did your story unfold? Now it’s time to edit your piece. That’s right, this is an editing prompt. Here goes! BYO . . . ? Review your story with the following question in mind: What does the reader need to bring? Some parties are bring yourself. Some are BYOB. Is your story a potluck for your reader? If so, there is work to be done. Your reader will always bring their own life context to a piece. They shouldn’t also
One of my favorite writing exercises is one I call “Epistle.” The term is probably best known in relation to the Bible, but epistle refers to a letter in multiple forms. e·pis·tle əˈpisəl/ noun formal noun: epistle; plural noun: epistles a letter. synonyms: letter, missive, communication, dispatch, note, line; More a poem or other literary work in the form of a letter or series of letters. a book of the New Testament in the form of a letter from an Apostle. noun: Epistle; plural noun: Epistles “St. Paul’s epistle to