Q6: Writing With Grace

Part Two: I Want to Write


“What makes you think you have something to say?

…What makes you think you can be a writer?” p. 30

In the first section McFarland wrote extensively about her desire to be a writer. Her own self-doubt and definition of writing influences her reaction to Grace. McFarland seems to have a narrow view of writing, i.e. it is something only trained professionals should do. Others view writing as an art – something that has subjective value. Still others believe that writing is a way people express their voices either to heal themselves or share their experiences and perspective with others. Do you think that McFarland’s perspective on writing influences her more, or is it more likely that she didn’t think Grace had a story worth telling?

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