I don’t know about you, but I have been fascinated with the way our brains work, in particular, memory, for God knows how long.

It never ceases to amaze me (and this happens to me all the time) how thoughts can just ‘pop’ into my mind for no apparent reason … thoughts, or more specifically, memories or events from the past that I may not have thought about for decades, just come forth in such a way that I am left absolutely dumbfounded. How? What? Why? … are the questions I ponder over immediately after. And I still don’t have an answer. I guess I need to follow this one up with some reading and get my hands on a book that explains it all to me … if of course there is any kind of logical reason behind it all.

And then there is something even better. You know when you get together with some friends from way back … I’m talking about friends from primary school or high school. Anyway, you start reminiscing about some teacher, some fellow student, some event, something funny that happened … and you find that your recollection of it, whilst being accurate, is not complete. Your friends tell you details that you have forgotten, but upon hearing them, the memory actually comes back to you. It comes back to life. All you need is the trigger. Your mind needs to be triggered.

So this leads me to the point of this blog. And that is, that we all remember things differently … or slightly differently. Each of us remembers things, or details of things, in our own way. The differences may be slight, but they are there. And this fact crosses over to writing.

Your view on things is unique. Your perspective is your perspective. Your interpretation is yours … and it differs to that of everyone else’s. Just as your fingerprint is different from everyone else’s, so too is it in this realm. As authors, we have to understand this, and when we do, it liberalises us. It sets us free to write uninhibitedly. And what better gift is there than that?

Tell your story. Break free of the shackles. Tell it, because people out there need to hear it.

Kurt Wilkesmann
Literary agent for foreign markets