Narrative writing was conceived as pushback to the formulaic writing that had been taught in schools for decades (Johnson, 2014). Teachers began to work to honor student voice, and luminaries such as Nancie Atwell (1998) encouraged teachers to help students find the stories locked within them through personal narratives. My students in the anecdote had amazing stories to tell, but I had to be willing to listen. They needed more than superficial (and finite!) prompts to unlock the writer within.