• Telling Your Story

    Whose Story are You Telling?

    Memory can be a fickle business and everyone will have their own version of history, depending on their age, gender, where they sit amongst siblings in age, and the way they feel within a family. In my family of two brothers and one sister, one event from our childhood will have four different versions of the ‘truth’. So who does your story belong to when you’re writing your family history? Should you consult your siblings, or any other members of the family before you put something out there in the public forum? There is no right or wrong answer and I’m sure we could have a great debate about it.…

  • Telling Your Story

    The Art of Journaling

    I’ve just read Eva Luna by Isabel Allende. It’s typical of Allende’s writing: rich, erotic and inventive. Towards the end of the novel, Eva Luna, explains her intent in writing, ‘I try to open a path through that maze, to put a little order in that chaos, to make life more bearable. When I write, I describe life as I would like it to be.’ This statement really resonated with me because I often ask myself, and other writers that I know, why write? This got me thinking about journaling. Journaling is a great way to put a little order in the chaos that might be happening around us. It…