Meet Our Contributors: Kat's Story
Meet Our Through, Not Around Essay Contributors: Introducing the inspiring Kat McNichol. Check out her new page here if you are a writer yourself. Dreamers is dedicated to all the different ways to write creatively from writing for writing’s sake, to using creative writing in academic research, to writing as therapy:
1) Why did you decide to share your story in Through, Not Around and with the 16 Percent community? And has writing about your experience helped you heal in any way? What have you learned through this experience so far?
It was a difficult decision to share my story. I'd been writing around it for a long time, or writing it in small bursts, but when the opportunity to contribute to this anthology came up, it became the push I needed to get the whole story out. I believe (and extensive research shows) that writing is healing. I frequently write down my emotions and experiences as a way of sorting through life, of coping, of restorying and of healing. Writing to heal has taught me to be reflexive, to look inside myself and discover who I am. But, it isn't enough to just write - part of healing is sharing. I think it's important to share our lived experiences with others so that, as authors, we learn we're not alone, but also so that others with similar experiences learn that they are not alone. This is why I chose to share my story in Through, Not Around.
2) Tell us more about you. What are your hobbies/passions/pursuits?
Writing is my passion. I've recently started a business called Dreamers Creative Writing, which is focused on helping people live a meaningful writing life. I'm also taking a PhD in Career Writing, a combination of therapeutic writing and career counselling that is about helping people develop healthy career identities.
3) What is your favourite quote
My favourite quote is one by Rumi: "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth."