In this episode, I chat with Amy Hallberg about the stories we live individually and collectively, and the importance of sharing them. We share this in the context of our own process of writing our first books, as well as through the lens of WWII and COVID-19. In other words, we go deep!
If you are a storyteller or simply enjoy listening and sharing stories, this episode is for you.
3:15 Writing as a Path to Healing – Before it becomes available to others
10:00 – Writing Your Stories – Big things in tiny little moments
13:05 Truth in Emotions
15:33 – Cognitive Dissonance and Side-effects of not sharing stories
19:42 – The danger of being a “good girl”
21:00 – How our Writing Affects others is not our business
22:44 – Overcoming Cultural Programming/Collective Consciousness/Truths that keep us comfortable
24:44 – Covid-19 as compared to AIDS, STD
27:30 – Facing our mortality/Savasana Pose
29:55 – Survivor stories
Books Mentioned in this Section
The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
33:10 -Women’s courage. – book recommendations for moving through this period of time –
An Interrupted Life the Diaries, 1941-1943 and Letters from Westerbork, by Etty Hillesum
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
41:00 – All our Stories Matter
46:00 Covid-19 Why we should be writing down the stories from this time.
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez
Amy Hallberg, Story Mentor and Editor, helps people tap into healing and wisdom through writing. A graduate of Carleton College and Loft Literary Center’s Foreword Apprenticeship in Creative Nonfiction, Amy is a Martha Beck Certified Master Coach who holds University of Chicago certificates in editing and translation. Amy’s first book, German Awakening: Tales from an American Life won the 2019 IPPY Bronze Award for Best Midwest Nonfiction. She hosts two podcasts: Courageous Wordsmith and Kiki Kelley’s Tales from a Bucket List Champ. Amy loves tracking Shiny Objects as a way to transform stories and life, a pursuit at the heart of her online Courageous Wordsmith Collective for writers.
Website is https://courageouswordsmith.com
Courageous Wordsmith Collective is https://write.courageouswordsmith.com
Podcast is https://podcast.courageouswordsmith.com
Kiki’s Podcast is https://bucketlistchamp.simplecast.com