What would you write if you weren’t afraid?
For #WritingWednesday, that’s my big question. What would you write if you weren’t afraid… of what people would say, of getting it wrong, of sounding irrelevant, of being judged? What would you write if you weren’t afraid?
I’d write more about my children. Because I have a public blog, I don’t use it to write about my kids because then, there it is, my version of events, my story, true, true, but of their lives, to live on forever. Forget how it would impact their future employment or friendships, what about their now? I can’t write about my daily struggles with other mothers, their education, with my kids’ friends, with that one girl who comes to my house for a play date and gives me hives. I can’t write about these things because it impacts the life we’re all living. It plays out in slights. In narrowed eyes. We’re not included because someone fears I might write about it. So, I’ve had to stop writing about them. Their struggles are their own, again true. But they’re also MY struggles, as I struggle with how to help (or help by choosing not to help) them. I wish I could just dump it all up here, but it’s reckless, and it’s social suicide. Does anyone else get this?
I didn’t mind dying a slow dating death when I was able to write any and everything about my dating life, but to write about my kids requires a whole separate owner’s manual. I’ve never minded much writing about my marriage because Phil’s a big boy. “The Suitor” knew what he was getting into when he took this job–he knew me first, after all, through this blog, before I even met him in person! I haven’t written about it lately. Maybe I will more.
I also don’t write about things I want to include in books because why buy the book if it’s all on the blog? Given that I’m a memoirist, though, what’s left to include on a blog? Other than… and here it comes… throat clearing. I’ve said it for years, but, my God, I stopped listening! This arena is for keeping the whole machine going. It’s for being lubed up! If I don’t blog, I don’t get to the good stuff. I need to clear my mind, to (writing) exercise, and to play. Thank goodness for #WritingWednesday.
So, join me. Feel free to post and list your #WritingWednesday entry in the comments below.
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ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ll be speaking and teaching at this amazing Writer’s Conference in Dallas, TX. May 6-7, 2017. I would LOVE some company, Y’all! xoxo