Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir

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Chapter One
The Longest Paragraph

You should write your own story,” Randy, my therapist, says to me.

I’ve been in therapy about a year. I slouch on the blue couch in Randy’s Atlanta office, lean my head back, and stare at the ceiling, nervous to meet his gaze. I put my feet, in red leather Reeboks, on his coffee table. This table, this couch, his office—they’re all designed to comfort his clients.

But I don’t feel comfortable. I want to say to him: Write about myself? You’re the one who must be crazy! Why would I want to write about myself? I want to say to him: I don’t have anything to say about myself. Nothing. I don’t have any earthly idea how to write about myself … I mean, even if I wanted to!

I want to say: No, no, no!

“Well?” he says, waiting.

I glance at him, at his blue eyes—blue—the peaceful color of the couch, of the walls of his office. But as he raises his eyebrows, inquiring, I look away again.

The plant in the corner by the window seems dry, brittle. I want to tell him to water it. Maybe we can spend the session discussing horticulture. I lean forward and retie my left sneaker, even though the knot is perfect. I want to do anything but respond to what surely must be, if not a crazy idea, then clearly an impossible one.

“I don’t have anything to say about myself,” I answer.

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