“A lot of men find it very hard to write about their childhood.”
Something about the way he phrased that made me rethink the dynamic. I realized I processed the hesitance to follow through as a lack of interest. Allan helped me see it’s not that at all. It’s a level of difficulty and often of pain that may be more pervasive in male childhood experience than female — not at all to say women have easy childhoods, but there is something here connected to the male psyche and experience in the early years that may be keeping a lid on what is actually a very keen interest in writing.
Read more here: Essays on Childhood: In a Man’s Voice | Esse Diem