i would really like to first say i am really glad i found this group! next, i would like to say that i have had a lot of medical problems in my 20's. now i am 43 and would like to write about my life. the thing is, i want to first write a fiction book with some of the things that happened to me in it and then write a non-fiction book so people will see that what i wrote in the fiction book really CAN happen. it can be somewhat difficult to understand. if you are interested, i did write a blog on some of the things that happened.
You never have to share it with anyone if you don't want to, but get it on paper.
I have written extensively over the years about my experiences raising an autistic son. It helps me explore the facts of the situation as well as the emotions. Sometimes I put it into a blog, but usually, it just sits on my computer.
I've also recently taken to writing about being raped when I was a sophomore in college. I always find the essays too personal to share - even with my husband, but getting the words out is theraputic. It's almost as if by the act of putting the words on paper, the burden is diminished - even if no one ever reads those words but me.
I do find that both of these exercises help me get in touch with my fictional characters. I can inform their past with my own experiences.
I say, if it's what's in your head, and it's what you feel driven to write about, then write. No harm can come from putting the words on paper. Once you've gotten it down you can choose how or whether to share it with anyone. Until you've written it, though, you don't have that choice. You have to hold it all yourself.
"If you can't do something smart, do something right." -- Shepherd Book
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I really really want to write about my spiritual journey, and the shock I went through. I was blatantly exploited by Godmen who are nothing but rogues operating in the name of religion and/ or spiritualism. By writing it I will be opening a hornet's nest. But until I do so, I am going through a living hell. In fact the bad state of my health - mental and physical - is due to this abuse. However if I do write, there may be such a backlash that the criminals may drag me to court on defamation charges, or even endanger my life.Naturally, because religion is the most lucrative business as I understand now. Also a clever career move by otherwise good-for-nothings. Politicians and media men are also under the influence of powerful religious leaders. As a result I don't know what to do.
Reach for the moon, if you fail, you will land among the stars ~ Jalaluddin Rumi
There are two times I can think that this has happened, and I have to say, both ended with me feeling empowered.
When I was a senior in high school (9 years ago already? Really?!), we wrote "My Turn" essays, like the ones they published in Newsweek. I tossed around a bunch of ideas, but I kept coming back to my life as a fat kid. The day before the assignment was due, I gave up and wrote about it--right down to things people in my class had said to me. Then I stood in front of my AP English class and read it out loud. It was the most personal thing I'd ever written for school or anything else, and the class was super supportive.
And last month was Flash Fiction Month in one of my writing communities. Out of ideas, I wrote about my OCD, especially as it pertained to my children. I felt better about that piece than anything else I wrote.
I say when you're ready, go for it. Yeah, it's a huge leap of faith, and there will be people put off by it, especially those who recognize themselves in it. I'll bet you'll find a lot more support than you think, though; and you'll feel empowered, too.
Hello! I have been feeling compelled lately to write some nonfiction essays about growing up in an alcoholic family. The essays would be geared more for middle school, possibly high school, aged readers. The only one I feel I can really talk to about this in my family is my sister, even though everyone is fully aware of the issues. My writing these stories down will probably feel like a betrayal to most everyone else. (Very typical with such family dynamics, I assume.) For now, these issues are not keeping me from writing what I need to say...and I am not the least bit reluctant to put the words down. However, I plan to get to a point where I will be ready to do something more with this than just keep them to myself. Has anyone ever experienced a situation like this? If so, how did you handle it?
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