Briana Johnson held a spiral notebook with both hands and recited a long paragraph from the page to the five women gathered around her for the weekly writing group.
“They never gave me a chance to try to know me,” Johnson read. “How could you judge me?”
Kirsten Morgan, the group leader, asked the five women at the table to comment on Johnson’s piece. Brenda Haynesworth said it should become about Johnson’s own perception, not others’ perceptions of her.
“Easier said than done,” Tricia McCarthy said from across the table. “To be who you really are to other people.”
“You’ve stumbled upon one of the secrets of the successful writer,” Morgan said.