The reality of writing is that sometimes we put ourselves into our stories.
I recently sat down with a past story, read through it and saw more things about who I was, what I was and where my mind set was at the time I wrote it.
Whether you’re putting bits and pieces, or entire sections of your life in your story, you may not realize it until after you’ve finished it.
When I read I try not to know too much about the author, but this is sometimes problematic with my favorite authors. I know what they were going through in their lives at the time and I see that in the story when I’m reading and it can get in the way of the reading.
I haven’t finished a novel in a while. I’ve written shorts, blog articles and poetry, but I haven’t finished a story in over a year.
I believe my mind needed a break, and that now that I understand where my writing was going before, I understand how to get it better now and how to put this new journey into the writing.
The one thing I’ve realized is that I have less fear about what I write. I no longer worry about people reading what I write and wondering, “He’s crazy”, that doesn’t cross my mind as often.
When I write, I try to find something in what I’ve learned about things that make it easier to get through the day and discover new things in the writing.
Without trying to make our writing better, what’s the point?
I’ve found that having no fear, has led to discovering new characters, story ideas and ways I could have solved issues with past stories.