“Great Art” Comes From Pain

*Trigger Warning for self-harm. If you, or someone you know is considering hurting themselves, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273–8255 for help.

In my mind, I was never “f*cked-up enough” to be a good writer. I felt like I needed to prove my worthiness to tell these stories — the only stories that I judged really mattered. I grew up with Thirteen, Lolita, and playwrights like…