1. Dory Adams on September 12, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Wonderful and important essay, Lauren. You have very concisely addressed an issue that so many of us grapple with. I'm with you — I prefer to tell most of my stories as fictions.

    I also think there's a lot of validity in the Jungian psychologist's approach and want to read his book HEALING FICTION. This sounds very similar to the cognitive psychology approach that one can change how he or she feels (i.e. depressed) by changing how they think.

  2. lucky 8 on September 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Lauren, thanks for providing the link to the Globe & Mail – I loved the essay, found it to be very insightful, and will suggest my fellow book club members read it as well.

  3. Sandra Gulland on September 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Wonderful article, Lauren. Too often the subject of a writer's responsibility — the power of words — is not discussed.

  4. red-handed on September 14, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I read this on my front porch (alternating sun/cloud/wind), Sunday morning, smiling at all the right beats. Great work, Lauren.

  5. The Sentinel on September 16, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Deep truth here, for those who will listen. More of us should think so fully and so compassionately before we sit down to "tell our story". There are simply too many stories out there waiting to be told to insist that the only one you can tell is the one that will hurt people unnecessarily, whether you care about them or not.

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