The written word is a tricky thing. When you write something you may have in mind exactly what you are trying to say, but everyone else who reads it applies their own ideas to it and it can become something totally different. I have now been blogging for about two months. When I look at my blog stats and comments I see that I have some people who read my thoughts daily. I’ve gotten mostly good feedback but a little bit of negative feedback. The funny thing is that I have written an entire blog about letting things go and I’m having trouble letting go of some of the responses.
So the crossroads I am sitting at is which direction to take the blog and my writing. I am realizing that my creative writing needs to be a little more creative. When I sit down to edit my novels or write new ones I need to make my characters look a little more like characters and a little less like the people who have been in my life. The truth is that no matter how good or bad I think the character is, the person who believes they are that character will only see what they believe about themselves -whether good or bad. This could lead to them loving me or hating me. As far as the blog goes, I need to decide how much of me and my “stuff” I really want to put out there. It’s not that I’m really concerned with what people think about me (at least as long as they don’t tell me). I know I’ve been on a soap box in several of my post and I’m sure some readers didn’t take too kindly to it. I can also think of at least one post where the reaction was probably “Yikes, that wasn’t a nice thing to say.” (or worse). What I am most concerned with is figuring out how to write about my life, the things that affect me and change me, without hurting others. One option I have thought of is to just not write about people…but I’ve realized that would probably leave me with maybe 2 post a week. I learn a lot from the people in my life. I learn from the good things and the not so good things. So as long as the ideas keep coming I am going to keep writing. I will try to be empathetic and careful as I reflect on my relationships, without censoring myself too much. My hope has always been that through this blog people will either be inspired or feel like they’re not in the boat alone (or maybe both)!
I would love for you to comment and share your favorite posts so far! 🙂