6 responses

  1. Jane
    March 4, 2016

    Love this! Just what I needed to read right now. I never even stopped the think what the root of the word “essay” was. Thank you for this peice!


  2. jan
    March 22, 2016

    Silas: Thank you for your essay!
    I recently abandoned a piece of writing when those hard questions demanded answers I wasn’t ready to consider.
    Up until now, I’ve written mostly about experiences that challenged my assumptions in large or small ways. The pieces usually conclude with a neat resolution of my inner conflict.
    You’ve challenged me to be more honest and grapple with those questions that scare the daylights out of me. Thank you. (Now back to that piece….)


  3. Donna M. Johnson
    March 27, 2016

    A remarkable articulation of what it is we grapple with when we write memoir–it’s the ordinary, not necessarily the extraordinary we are after. Thank you for this fine essay.


  4. Mare
    April 19, 2016

    Thank you! I grapple with my essay writing, and I was always so consumed with telling a story, I didn’t really think about answering or considering difficult questions. I needed to hear/read this. Thanks!


  5. Rebecca D. Martin
    April 25, 2016

    “I want them to understand that true bravery isn’t about confessing something to shock the reader; it’s about trying to answer the questions that scare you because of what they might say about who you really are.”

    – Ah, thank you, thank you. These are exactly the things I needed to think through. Just now, today. Thank you for helping me along in my writing life (and in my thinking and being life) with this essay.


  6. SV
    August 26, 2017

    Thanks for sharing this — I’ve been struggling with this same question (am I writing about the “right” things? The most “interesting” stories?) for a while now and I didn’t know I needed to read this until I did. I really appreciated your honesty in this essay and for encouraging other writers to put down our insecurities and tell our unglamorous stories.


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