As writers, we carry within us memories that end up in our writing. These memories that “mark” us could be a scene or the basis for a novel. When I’m looking for something to write about, I’m often compelled to go to a memory or story that has stayed with me.
Author Siri Hustvedt says that, as a child growing up in Minnesota, a suicide of a boy in a barn down the road from her house marked her. The event later showed up in her poem, “Weather Markings.” Read more