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103: Is it Ok to Write the Same Story Over and Over?

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On this episode, we bring you a story that the narrator has returned to and will probably return to all her life. Everyone has their themes and it’s okay to return to them at different points in our lives. Trigger warning…The story you will hear on this episode documents the loss of a child. If this
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On this episode, we bring you a story that the narrator has returned to and will probably return to all her life. Everyone has their themes and it’s okay to return to them at different points in our lives. Trigger warning…The story you will hear on this episode documents the loss of a child. If this is a sensitive issue for you, please listen to another episode.Our student and listener Emily Henderson writes a beautiful story about the loss of her son to brain cancer. In this essay, she uses her husband to tell her story from a different angle. Her husband has big enough shoulders to carry the weight of their grief. This story is in honor of all the fathers out there.Emily Henderson is a stay-at-home mom, volunteer, freelance writer, and student at Writing Class Radio. Her essays have appeared in Scary Mommy, The Santa Barbara Independent, and Love What Matters. She is currently attempting to run every single street in Santa Barbara, CA.She writes a blog called www.myjustrightlife.com You can find her on Instagram @myjustrightlifeThis episode of Writing Class Radio is produced by Allison Langer, Andrea Askowitz and Virginia LoraTheme music by Justina Shandler. Additional music by Podington Bear and Ari Herstand.There’s more writing class on our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.If you love the lessons you get on each episode, you can get them ALL in one place--our three-part video series--for $50. Click Video Classes on our website.If you want to be a part of the movement that helps people better understand each other through storytelling, follow us on Patreon. For $10/month Andrea will answer all your publishing questions. For $25/month you can join Allison’s First Draft weekly writers group, where you can write and share your work Tuesdays 12-1 (ET). www.Patreon.com/writingclassradio.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Today we are on episode 103, we're talking about writing the same story over and over. Students often worry about boring us with the same story. I worry about boring myself. Yeah. Yeah. Well sometimes it's boring but I think it's important. Yeah, I do too. We all have our themes and we're going to write them for our whole lives probably we're going to write them for our whole lives. Do you really think that? Yeah, I do. I mean some of the things that we write about, we're probably going to write about forever. I mean we might move on but we're going to relearn and we learn about the things that have affected us in our lives. I mean I agree. I agree. In some respects, some things though that I have fixated on, I have gotten through by writing so I've written and written and written and every time I came to class I wrote about the same thing and that took a couple of months and then the next thing I knew I was writing about a new problem that I had, you know, and I became obsessed with that, right? But I do think it's possible and probably very, very likely that you meet all of us will come back to the same stories, not to say that we're not going to get through those situations, but we're probably going to look at those situations from a new angle in several years, I'm sure, I mean I write about my mom in different ways, that right, about my son's in different ways at different stages of their lives and struggles of deaths, boyfriends, all this different stuff With a new perspective. So, you know, when my, when my daughter died, I, you know, already got 12, 13 years ago now. It was um I wrote about it with such pain and like that immediate sort of this just happened to me pain and I've noticed that as I've been writing about her, like you say coming back to it, you know years later um I write with a different perspective, not that the pain is not still there, it's just a different perspective and so you know today's story is by Emily Henderson and she's also writing about something that just recently within the last year so has occurred and she's there and she's doing the work and she's writing. So um this episode is that we all have our themes and yours one of your themes is lost and that is true too, for Emily Henderson, okay, so Emily tells the story about the loss of a child and that's a story that she has told, she's been in our class now for like I don't know, a year and a half or so, and she's written about the loss of her child in many different ways. And this time she tells a story that reveals something really positive, which is her connection with her husband. Not that it's Polyana, but it's like there is something that came out of this I would have never known had it not been for this. So, to be able to find a blessing in the pain is really important. And I think writing gets you there. Do if you write about it enough, you will get there. And the reason we keep writing about the same things is because we're not solving whatever issue it is right? We're not working through it, well, we are working through it, but we're not we haven't come to the conclusion yet. We don't feel resolved if we ever will, but at least it helps.
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