Creative NonFiction

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Research is the inspiration

I can sense my writing coach cringing already. About two years ago when I started working with her, she pointed out that one of the reasons I struggled to finish writing my memoir manuscript was because of insecurity. Specifically — I felt compelled to research more. I struggled to consider myself an expert on the people and the lives I was portraying in my story. Stop it, was her advice. Keep going. You know your own story best. She’s right....

Try and write a manuscript again

I used say I was a writer without a story, and then, the story found me. That was back in 2012, when I learned an astonishing family secret that would change the lives of so many. It launched a two-year journey, a deep dive into challenging the truths my family thought it knew, upending legends and unestablished facts that would change how we saw ourselves. And during that time, I lived a story. I tried to write a book about...