Rudri Bhatt Patel
We’re always learning how to let go in life—of expectations, yearning for “more,” and narratives we cling to even though they’re mostly inventions created by us or others. But as a mother, I thought my job was to not let go. I thought that my job was to worry.
Even when I’m teaching, I allow myself to use my mom self, although I know a lot of people try to shy away from that. I show compassion for the whole person; I try to figure out how things are going and how they might go better. This is before we ever turn to the subject I teach, writing.
As a journalist, I had no control over my schedule. I traveled a fair bit, sometimes with no more than a few hours notice, and deadlines ruled my days. Now that I write fiction, I can bring my laptop anywhere. I actually wrote part of my first book at Chuck E. Cheese’s.
In many situations where I would have continued to bang my head against a problem on the page, I had to put down my work instead and go pick up my son from preschool. When I returned to my work the next day, or maybe several days later, I often had a solution to the problem, seemingly by magic.
Katherine D. Stutzman
That’s the great thing about artistic expression. The work comes out of you but becomes a separate entity. It’s something you made—not something you are. A subtle difference, I realize, but a saving grace.
Lisa L. Lewis
Regardless of whether you’re from an immigrant family or not, your parents’ lives before you arrived are a mystery. That’s what drives me as a journalist and as a writer—trying to close those gaps in understanding with an empathetic eye and an open heart. Empathy and sympathy are not the same: I want to portray my characters in all their complexity, including their most desperate moments and all their flaws.
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