A difference: At a writing workshop this afternoon a woman, speaking on barriers to craft, stated, "i can understand you don't want me to write about our family stories and I am going to write about them." I am uncomfortable with this statement. I jotted a few lines in my journal. For me writing is a deeply spiritual and interconnected journey. As I wrote i was filled with a mindfulness. I delight in poetry. I enjoy fiction and non-fiction. However, strangely, after all these years and so much verse, I understand I am a storyteller, a narrative inquiry storyteller.
I share the stories of experience with those I come to live alongside. If there is a bumping up space, such tension as to cause pain, this is not my lived way as a writer. Some stories will come in time. Some will be another's story to share. Some will stay silent. Some are not my stories to share. In sharing stories of experience, we begin through attending, through listening. Even if this 'no' makes my writing shift plot lines. Maybe in this new and tensioned space i might begin to see a story differently.