As I’ve been trying to find homes for some of my writing, I’ve had to take into consideration which pieces I feel comfortable sharing. There are some things, which may only ever be shared with select people in my life or may never see the light of day unless I was to die. There are some things I’ve written that I know in my heart I want to share one day, but some time will probably have to pass first.
There is not much I hesitate to write about as I’ve spent too much of my life being quiet. Too many days not speaking my mind and saying my peace. Writing gives me the freedom to get things out, even if it’s not shared. There are some things I’ve written, which I keep hidden so no one will find and read.
Even though I write about most things, there are still things I’m afraid to write about. I don’t think it’s really the things themselves are scary, but rather I think it’s like Natalie Goldberg points out in her book Old Friend from Far Away : The Practice of Writing Memoir, we’re afraid of what others will think. Most all of us have either secrets in our lives or things we hope for, but don’t want others to know.
In a section of her book I love she emphasizes, “You have a right to write it. Throw it out, rip it up, swallow it down. Build up a capacity to bear up–don’t let fear run your writing life. Hide your notebook in a good place.” In other words never let fear stop you from writing. I like the freedom to be able to say and write things. Write things even if you have to burn it after you wrote it or hide it.
Kind of a side track here, but wanted to share. There are two other great resources I’ve found for finding homes for writing when you’re ready to share something. Duotrope has market listings, response time stats, and you can even do a specific search to find the right place for a piece you’ve written. NewPages.com has information on magazines, publishers, calls for submissions, writing contests, and many other useful things.
- My Handout for “How to Improve Your Writing in 20 Minutes a Day” Workshop (lenleatherwood.wordpress.com)
- Writing as a tool for life. (thedailycreativewriter.wordpress.com)