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  1. This is the best thing I have read in a long long time.

    “When your senses themselves can’t be trusted, it becomes far more difficult to decide what you believe about the world and why…” – That paragraph reminded me of my current struggle of being afraid of just what might spill out of me if I let myself write freely. I can’t trust my senses. Do you have any tips on that? I’m afraid of scaring myself due to all the trauma I’ve been through.

    Thank you for this amazing blog!

  2. Thank you! I think what I like most about writing is that it’s possible to play with many different interpretations of the same reality. If there’s something you don’t want to, or can’t confront directly, it can help to make use of metaphor or other literary devices. Sometimes the truth itself is too stark or frightening to be set down unadorned. A lot of times when I was working on my book, I’d also take a break to write poetry or work on a novel. Perhaps writing about something that’s completely unrelated to your own experiences would be helpful. Your emotion will find its way into whatever you do write, but you won’t have to find a way to say the unsayable, at least until you’re ready.

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