Thursday, November 17, 2011

some things are better left unsaid -or not

If memory serves me correctly, I wrote my first story in the fourth grade. Mrs. Gaston was my teacher and told us to write about anything we wanted to, but make it a story.  I took it upon myself to create what back then, for a 4th grader, was a masterpiece! I wrote about living in Alaska.  Mind you, I had never even been there and knew very little about it.  Nevertheless, I received a gold star (the ultimate of ultimates) for my prose and it was displayed on the tack board in the front of the classroom for the entire month! Not too shabby eh? I remember I continued writing short stories, stuff I made up about my classmates. The funny thing was I would use everyone's real names, real situations and make up all kinds of stuff! I then would pass around my notebook/tablet to whomever wanted to read what I wrote. Scandalous! Some of my classmates were not too amused but most were intrigued and hooked! Soon I was writing for them all the time and I soon figured out, as long as I wrote to the masses, I was popular! Hmmm, some things never change.

Writing calms me down, excites me, and sometimes, forces me to look into myself -the self that I have a hard time dealing with. I'm not what you call "structured" when it comes to my writing. I'm all over the place! lol Because of this, I get myself into trouble at times. Being very impulsive, I often (too often if you ask me!)act before thinking things out, or speak without regard of the consequences -I can't help it. I'm an "act now" "think later" kind of gal!

I suppose I started this blog to showcase not only what comes out of my mind but also to gain insight into my psyche -if that makes sense? I realize that I'm putting myself in a very vulnerable place. I mean, most of the people that read or will read my blog are people I know. Do I gloss over my words for fear of retaliation from everyone? Hmm, I thought about it and came up with this rationalization: If I have to mind my "p's" and "q's", worry about what others will think of me, of what I write, then, I'm defeating my purpose. I write what I want, however I want. It's what I do. So, although some things ARE better left unsaid, I will take my chances and write the good word or bad word -enough said.


Cinderita said...

I love what you shared about how writing excites you and makes you look into yourself. That is why I write. Thanks for saying it out loud. xo

David Batista said...

Oh, I so agree. I write whatever I feel like writing on my blog, even when I know it might offend some people. I'm not very PC when I write, I'm afraid. :)

I might have to do a post similar to yours, Yvonne. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Hillier said...

I'm in the "Just put it out there!" category. I am guilty of oversharing. But I'm a writer, and, well, that's what we do.

My favorite blogs are the ones where the bloggers are honest and open. Those are the ones (likes yours!) I keep coming back to.

Belle said...

I wish I had your imagination when it comes to writing fiction. That is what I used to want to do. I don't have a gift for that. But that's okay, I've found my niche.

Since you found writing fiction fun when you were so young, you must be gifted with that. I know when you post your writings I am amazed by them.

Yvonne said...

Rita- you're welcome!

David- I'm glad I'm not alone on this. I hate any type of censorship.

Jennifer- Thanks! :) I've been told that I'm too honest with my words and tend to share too much. But it's the only way I know how to write, and so I keep doing it.

Belle- Thank you mam! That means a lot to me.

Anonymous said...

I loved this post. When I started blogging, I wasn't very conscious of my purpose, or the 'privacy' of others. I used real names and details (and still do sometimes) b/c I didn't know how to hold back the truth.

Funny thing is, I've been told I hold back *too much* when I write fiction. So I guess we're all learning and growing as writers.

Keep doing what you do, however you want to do it, as long as it fulfills your goals and needs. The rest is just icing on the cake.

Yvonne said...

Insomniac- Oh I've never used real names, but I have used real stories, almost verbatim sometimes. I've only gotten in trouble for it once though. So I guess that's a good thing. :)

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