Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Baring Your Soul

When you're writing, do you ever feel like you're baring your soul?  Or at least having one of those weird dreams where you're walking down the hall naked and the only one who knows it is you?

I do.

I was thinking about this today, and wondering why we writers don't feel shy when we write, even though we're usually a shyer bunch face to face. 

After all, when we write a scary scene, aren't we telling people what scares us?  And when we write a love scene, aren't we telling the world what turns us on?

Aren't we showing our own views on life, religion, social interaction, and even good versus evil with every story we write?

What do you guys think?  :) 

Do you think a writer bares a part of themselves when they write?  If so, are you shy about it, or do you love the freedom?

Coming tomorrow:  We'll vote for my Name that E-Book Contest winner!


Anonymous said...

Great post :)
I definitely think we are baring our soul, a little piece of ourselves is in every line that we write. If we don't, I feel that the writing may not be coming from somewhere real (and readers totally pick up on it too!)
Sometimes it actually scares me a little. I do get a little shy about it, just like you said it's like walking around naked, except baring your soul can in some ways be scarier than baring your body. One thing I have been doing to help me with this is acting classes- learning to allow my consciousness to fall away and just be whatever I am.
Now I am starting to feel the freedom, and it's wonderful :) Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

I used to be totally uptight about this, and I've transferred that experience to a character in my books who's just learning to share his writing. Over the past five years I've shared my work so much with beta readers and critique groups that I don't think about it much, but when a new person joins the group, I feel a tiny bit self-conscious. I've also felt a little insecure about letting family members and total strangers read my stuff. But it's not a big deal for me any more. Not like it was in high school.

Oh yeah, and I don't write sex scenes, so I'm off the hook, there. :)

Callie Kingston said...

Great post! And I tagged you:

What are your 10 random things?

Scarlett 77 said...

I never really thought about it that way...I always put myself in my journal or drawing book...something for me. Maybe my family when I die to answer any questions they might have thought went unanswered. But for public viewing I always channeled the "anti- me",meaning more my dark side or the things I would truly never do with just a bit of the actual me or a blend of real people I've had the privelege to meet and talk to over the years.

Interesting, I am now intrigued into maybe exploring some of my 'real'writings to see if maybe it would interest someone else...hmm. Thanks!