This is such outstanding advice. Up to this point I’ve been writing in hopes of others connecting with my stories, to show how important it is for us to speak up and not feel shame or loneliness and to set the example that we are okay. I am okay. I never thought about it as writing for myself. I bet my stories will be far more powerful with that in mind.

Thank you.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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