Personal essayists, poets and memoir writers face many questions about making personal truths public. In the following essay, author Migael Scherer evokes the effects on her readers as well as on herself of her writing about painful truth. Even as she is about to accept a distinguished award, she must brace herself for the dissonance … Continue reading →
About Migael Scherer
Migael Scherer has written several books: A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound: Olympia to Port Angeles, Including the San Juan Islands, Still Loved by the Sun, Sailing to Simplicity: Life Lessons Learned at Sea, and Back Under Sail: Recovering the Spirit of Adventure.
When writing moves us to struggle against a taboo, especially one that demands silence, we can expect powerful resistance. It is natural to feel alone, even besieged. The resistance to our words comes both from ourselves and from others. If we respect the struggle of our readers to understand with us, so also may come … Continue reading →