I think there if often pain in honesty, pain in writing our truths. Some of that has to do with subject matter, but a lot more of that has to do with our reflection, memory, and what those memories me to us now. How deep do you go when writing personal essays about yourself? When it hurts to write something is it a good thing? I'm an essayist as much as I am anything else. I write and publish these regularly. So, knowing that my essays stand a good chance of being published factors in a little. At the same time, if I bleed all over the page, those are the essays that stand an even better chance at selling. I feel a bit conflicted as to how I feel about the essay I'm working on now. I had a different idea in mind, but as I wrote it what I should be writing became more clear. I talked about feeling exposed in a different thread. But I guess there are pieces of me I'm not sure I really want to even expose to myself. This is nothing crazy or anything like that, but when we write about ourselves we revisit different times in our lives. If you write personal essays or memoirs, what was the hardest thing for you to write about? How did you get through the piece, especially one that didn't have a good outcome? I feel like I'm going to scratch what I had been working on and tell a different story, but I feel like I need to prepare myself to write this one. Does that make sense to anyone? How do you prepare yourself to write your most personal stories?