Another week has gone by and I'm ready for a hectic weekend. Why? Because I have an assignment due on Tuesday that I've only done 20% done. I've got review books coming out my ears.. since I haven't been reading as much as I should.. and I have Violet's story for Camp NaNoWriMo which I am dreadfully behind on. Like 18000 words behind. But hey, at least I'm writing. So I guess I need a little something short of a miracle in the hopes to get Possibly Violet written. (Well I think that's the title, until I change my mind )
I guess the other reason for posting is to throw the question out there about writing, and here it is:
How do you feel about when others read your work?
As a writer (or a wannabe writer lol) I've spent alot of time, and late nights trying to finish various stories, poems, novels etc and there is nothing more awesome than handing over a finished piece to someone and have them really like what you have spent time working on and give good feedback. Let's face it, we write to be read.
But there are those times where I've been taken by surprise by someone who has stumbled onto my work and made comment. I'm slowly.. so slowly beginning to get over the whole stage fright of being a 'Closet Writer' and managed to get some cards printed up for this website to share with others. Obviously there are a few people I'd rather die than tell that I'm a writer and I think it has to do with the fear of being judged on it.
Which leads me to my next two questions.
Do you share your non fiction pieces with other people? Do you feel comfortable writing purely non fiction pieces?
It's no secret that we are inspired by everything around us, experiences, feelings, people, you name it and there is bound to be things you've written that has been your feelings about a particular situation/event/person/moment! Absolutely raw emotions bleeding onto the page. Do you feel comfortable sharing this with other people? Or do you fictionalize it up a little, dramatize certain spots, change complete scenes... but still portray the same emotions/feelings in your piece of work? Yes I do. I don't feel entirely comfortable being brutally honest about my feelings in my writing. It's okay if it's fiction for me but I worry that the wrong person will read my non fiction and take it the wrong way or think that I'm a weird or too sensitive or blowing things way out of proportion (because 9 times out of 10 most of my fiction/nonfiction is lol)... Or the biggest thing is, it will hurt the person you are writing about.
And if you're not a writer... How would you feel if you found out you were the inspiration of a piece of work or a piece is about you? Would you be weirded out or flattered?
So at the end of the day, what are your answers to these questions. Please share!