Monday, July 04, 2011

Family Edited

I'm starting to write about things that I've wanted to write about for a long time , and it feels good. That is until I go back and read what I've written - and try to decide what to do with it. I love to write, but I'm still learning. I'd like to be a published author. But, there are some downsides to letting other people read your writing.

I saw Tyler Perry on the Oprah show a while back. He exposed physical and sexual abuses he suffered as a child. He said he didn't want to speak about it in depth publicly until after his mother. She had died the year before the interview so he felt free to speak about his abuse. That's such a heavy burden to bare.

Do I have to wait until my friends and relatives are dead before I can freely write about situations in my life that involved them. do I have to let my mom and dad edit my writing before I air our dirty laundry? Do I just change the names and places and let the chips fall? How do people who write about thier lives deal with this?


Eugene S.Teller said...

Just write, that's what is so fun and unique about writing. A writer can capture the hearts of not only their audience but all those that can read.

Yes, it takes the individual to read the words in order to get the picture but they can only look at what you are painting for them nothing less and nothing more. If you write about whats on your heart and mind then no one can fault you for that, they can only disagree with you and even then it holds very little weight.

The way I look at it is like this.... If you speak it then the listener can cut you off or interrupt you leaving you to either over talk them or reroute your conversation. which in turn takes away from the original message because they have time to brace themselves or you have time to soften the blow.

But if you write it and it comes from the inner most section of your heart and mind its pure and uncut. You can always edit your writings before presenting it. The thought process goes through many stages before it gets pushed onto paper with the ink of your thoughts. If the reader disagrees with what you are saying they can simply put your words down and walk away. By them walking away it doesnt change what you have written. When they come back to what you have written the tone and the message is still the same. Those feelings that were conveyed are still there waiting on the reader to conform his/her ways.

Let me put it like this....Have you ever heard the saying "there's no easy way to say this"

You will never hear anyone say that about writing for when a writer has writers block its not because he/she doesnt have an easy way to write something.....its because he/she has to many ways to write it and doesnt know which way to write it.

Sorry to be so long winded about the topic and I may not have even answered your question but i hope you write what you feel and whats real to you.

Angie said...

Thanks for the input Eugene - I appreciate it. : )