Nannie Flores, an alumna of the 2014 Château de Verderonne Yoga & Writing Retreat in Picardy, France, writes a haunting and powerful new essay, “The One Tip That Changed My Life” for Ideiya Magazine. In the essay, Flores tackles the taboos associated with writing nonfiction, trauma, illness, and its aftermath. In the essay, Flores writes:
“Write as if your parents were dead.” In retrospect, there was something ominous and sinister about this piece of writing advice. At the time, it seemed harmless. So I took the tip when I was in college.
While in university, I wrote two one-act plays that touched on themes such as virginity and physical and verbal abuse in relationships. My parents watched the play, and they applauded along with the audience. The writing tip worked.
On the ride back home, when all the hype was over, they made sure to say they were proud of me, but that they disapproved of certain elements in my works. “Relationships are meant to be healthy,” Mama said. Papa gave his usual silent nod.
But what’s done is done. I have already written it and I didn’t need to ask for their approval…”
Read the full essay on Ideiya here.
Nannie Flores is a playwright and nonfiction writer based in the Philippines. Her essays and articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Cosmo.ph, ABS-CBN News, Ideiya, Spot.ph, and Philippine Daily Inquirer. You can follow her on her blog, The Fancy Delight.