Are you waiting for some life event to free up your writing?
I try to be smart about what I talk about online – in effect, when I’m blogging or tweeting or whatever, since that’s all I seem to do online anymore. I’ve gotten a little more free with my sharing things of a more personal nature, to give you a better look at who I am and what I’m all about. I can respect that people want that from what they’re reading, especially in this world we have found ourselves in where the large paradigm is a reality-driven backlash against the deluge of fiction that chained us to the couches in past decades. I get that, and I’ll serve it up in spades, but it’s not the easiest thing to do, especially when I might be concerned about some of this coming back and biting me right where it hurts someday.
Sometimes I just tell myself I’m being a little too cautious, and I just throw it right over my shoulder – let the wind spread that where it will. Sometimes I know better, and I keep it tight. On occasion, I’ll “can of worms” something – I got that term from Writing Excuses, my favorite podcast – and I save it for a certain unspecified time in the future once I have determined that putting it out there will do no harm. Think of it as currently classified material.
This is the thing – in the realm of nonfiction, bloggers have a responsibility to be truthful insofar as it’s possible, but when it’s not specified as nonfiction, then my dear Constant Readers – you don’t know for sure if we’re telling the truth or not. Your readers don’t know for sure if you’re telling the truth or not. Unless it strikes a definite chord of unreality, it either creates a sense of suspicion that it’s fiction or an absolute trust that what you’re saying is “true story”. However, I’ve skipped over all the cloak-and-daggery thinking in the writing of the material on this blog, except in those posts that are tagged and/or categorized as “fiction” of some stripe. You get me? And you just have to trust that it’s real to my point of view. That sharing, on my part, is an unspoken trust in you, and you respond in kind by being awesome readers, and I really like that about you.
That being said, there are very few subjects which have inspired trepidation at the thought of publishing them. I wouldn’t call it fear as such or nervousness when it comes to hitting that “publish” button, because by the time I have started writing the post, I have already made up my mind that it’s going to be written and published and that’s all there is to it. Whether or not it’s a good idea. . . I leave that judgement to the anals of history.
You know what? That makes me a historian.
The one post – the one – that I debated amongst the peers rattling around in this can of worms that I call “my nugget” but really is a metaphor for the human skull that protects this powerhouse-nuclear grey matter is the one called Surfer Rob’s outlook on addiction. I never really thought I was going to make that information public, but then there came a moment when I realized that I was definitely going to. Not only that, but:
- it’s okay to be human
- it makes a great story
- it gives me something to write truthfully about
- I’m finally over and well past that set of events
- I have forgiven my ex-girlfriend for everything and have come to a place where I’m okay with the fact that those things happened to me, which goes back to my “no regrets” policy.
So having realized that fistful of reasons, I was already in a pretty good place when I started writing that post because just those five things actuated the long-awaited catharsis I had sought since the initial provocation of those events; and now that I have analyzed the sudden lightness of my spirit of late, it makes me wonder if there’s more that I can get off my chest —
I just have to be careful about what and when, you feel me?
What do you think? Is there information that you’re holding back from your blog or your writing, and if so why? Since you’re not saying this on your blog, there’s a good chance that you can say it freely here without being found out, if you catch my wave.
(I admit it – sometimes I’ll say things in comments on other blogs that I won’t say here!)
This post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.
- Daily Prompt: Release Me (angloswiss-chronicles.com)
- Daily Prompt: Release me – Out with the old, in with the new | littlegirlstory
- Daily Propmt: Release Me | Under the Monkey Tree
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | Awl and Scribe
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | Chicomallorca’s Blog
- The Funny Song | JC Bride ~
- ••Set !t Free•• | mët•aRVhëë•n✪ia
- Daily Prompt: Release Me #photography | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
- Nervous nah, not me | RPMAS
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | A Mixed Bag
- Irish skies|Daily Prompt: Release Me « Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis and Me
- Free Indeed | Prayers and Promises
- Blogging Is Freedom | The Ambitious Drifter
- Release Me | Life Confusions
- Please release me | Neva Samaki
- Sex or Lance-a-Lot?! | alienorajt
- S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Release Me
- Crow Arrow, Inc.
- Thank you everyone for the love and support | Processing the life
- A Soul’s Plight |
- Daily Prompt: Release me | Motherhood and Beyond
- Daily Prompt: RELEASE ME? FEAR THEN NOTHING MUCH | SERENDIPITY
- I Want To Break Free: Daily Post | Just Visiting This Planet
- To All Bloggers And Writers: When It Comes To Writing, Regret (Yes) Fret (No) | The Jittery Goat
- Nervous | Hope* the happy hugger
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | Moments Thru Lens
- The Fear of the Blog | readingwithafeather
- Freedom, Baby yeah…! | The Rider
- Prompt Post | Completely Disappear
- Mystery story | Life is great
- Free | The Magic Black Book
- check yourself before you wreck yourself | The Gallas Daily News
- Daily Prompt, Release me (http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/daily-prompt-free/) | … Lara Klopp … Variegated Musings …
- My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Release Me – Annoying Marriage Discussions
- The Unknown | Flowers and Breezes
- I am Free | ayimas
- Daily Prompt: Release Me « Mama Bear Musings
- Be Afraid Be Very Afraid-It could come back to bite | Kansa Muse
- Putting words to your thought | crookedeyebrows
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | a thotful spot
- Release Me: Letting Go and Moving On | Hey, Miss Adventures!
- Daily prompt: Release Me: An Expereience Worth Sharing | storyofmylife1993
- And the Journey Begins; India | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
- The sound of release | Mirrorgirl
- Setting The Donkey Free | Fish Of Gold
- If I had a time machine or woulda, coulda, shoulda | The Road Less Paved
- Release Me | Kate Murray
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | Charron’s Chatter
- This thing called life. | Perhaps yes, perhaps no. Exactly? I don’t know.
- Release Me: On a rocking horse of time | dark circles, etc
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | Undecided Answer
- Break Me Free – Love, Sex & Poetry (Daily Prompt – Free) | Linda Long Writes!
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | To Breathe is to Write
- Daily Prompt: Release Me! | One Starving Activist
- Freedom and Writing… | sltimewellwasted
- Setting me free | Muddy River Muse
- When To Safely Hit “Publish” And When To Hold Back! | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
- Free | That girl with the spectrespecs
- The Artist’s Job | Babsje Heron
- Release Me | Zirkus des Lebens
- Run, RUN! The Cheesy-ness will kill us all! | The Moonshaker
- Bringing A Long Held Goal to Light | mycookinglifebypatty
- Daily prompt: release me | La chica de la burbuja
- “I say release me…” | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
- Standing In My Way | Apologies and Honesty
- DP: Release Me. « Restawyle
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | The RadiantMedina and the Author of Sheep
- Daily Prompt: Release Me (Shyness) | DeafGuy Blog
- Don’t Believe Everything You Think | True Stories
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | Basically Beyond Basic
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | Such Promise (Carabela Santa Maria Robusto) « Smoking Jacket
- A Different Kind of Letting Go | Love in the Spaces
- No Backspace Button | Wiley’s Wisdom
- Daily Prompt Challenge ~ “Free” | soletusknow
- Weekly Photo Challenge – The Hue of You (With abject apologies to poets everywhere and a bit about the daily prompt below) | Points of View
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | Wordz on a Page
- Book Review: Who I Am by Pete Townshend | Required Writing
- Finding My Release | submissivelysecret
- Daily Prompt: Release Me | My Atheist Blog
- Release Me | The Nameless One
- Daily Prompt: Release Me « life n me!
- Daily Prompt: Release Me ROLLING IN THE DEEP 1-4 | Phoenix Flights
- FREE | Ord i Bild