This is the third in a several-part post.
The stories we tell ourselves matter.
Do you think about the stories you tell yourself?
Thomas King, in his book The Truth About Stories, says, “The truth about stories is that that’s all we are.” Furthermore, he says, “We live stories that either give our lives meaning or negate it with meaninglessness. If we change the stories we live by, quite possibly we change our lives” (p. 153).
What are the stories you tell yourself?
I know from my PhD work that circumstances – slow to change cultural traditions, critical attitudes, limited spheres of publishing opportunity, even subject matter constraints – make writing success more difficult for women than it is for men, because each of these circumstances has a story attached to it.
We need to explore the stories we live by.
Instead of asking, Why Can’t I Write? The two questions we need to be asking ourselves are:
What stories am I telling myself that prevent me from writing?
What stories are other people telling me that prevent me from writing?