We Tell Ourselves Stories


Rachel Tay Xi Boon writes a personal essay for TYCI on the power of fiction and escapism.


“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” writes Joan Didion in the seminal opening of her essay, “The White Album”, “We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the ‘ideas’ with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.” Whilst Didion only meant, in her opening line, to illuminate the strands of causality we draw to connect the scattered events of our everyday lives, her words uncover a more ominous suggestion – that narratives are essential for us to live, that survival necessarily depends on the stories we tell ourselves.

The Power Of Fiction


Maria Moore tells us how fiction has taken over her life – in the best possible way.

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I’m not sure if it was a conscious thing at first, but at some point I began to escape into fictional worlds.

The Grind – A New Creative Journal


The Grind is a new quarterly creative journal looking for new Scottish writing and photography submissions.