I started writing because of self-consciousness. I was so terrified of saying the wrong thing, the wrong way, that I had to write it out before speaking. Words – said and unspoken — have always been important to me. The childhood chant — sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me , in my opinion is a complete lie. Not only can words harm, but words can heal, can love, can hide, can create you.