“Maybe that’s even a broader message: not just coveting time, but building support networks that allow for you to withdraw so that you can immerse yourself in your work and emerge on the other side with your stories. It shouldn’t feel like a loss, but a lot of times writing feels like I’m hurting the people that I love in order to engage in the work. And that’s just, you know, that’s just torture. I think that’s what makes it hard, right? It’s not necessarily the creative process or tapping that; for me, it’s relational.”
Bethany Letiecq is an Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Science program.