What forms you?
Lidia Yuknavitch, author The Chronology of Water — a fierce, poetic and painful memoir — has some very clear ideas:
I think gender and sexuality are territories of possibility. Nevermind what we've been told or what the choices appear to be. Inside artistic practice the possibilities open back up.
I think narrative is quantum.
I think the writer is a locus through which intensities pass.
I think literature is that which fights back against the oppressive scripts of socialization and good citizenship.
I think the space of making art is freedom of being.
I think things that happen to us are true. Writing is a whole other body.
I believe in art the way other people believe in god.
— from Lidia Yuknavitch's website