The hardest thing about being a writer (or fancying yourself as one) is that I have the thought of my audience hanging over me. Let me explain: for the longest time, I found it hard to write honestly — even in my private journal!! — because I was afraid of who might be hurt or offended when (if!!) they read it.
Think about it: if you knew that your Nana was going to read your essay on Bad Food Experiences, would you ever write about “that awful meatloaf I have every Thanksgiving”? No, because on the off-chance that sweet Nana might read it, she’d know exactly whose meatloaf you were criticizing.
So, part of the goal of this blog is to help me work through my audience/writer’s block issues. For the most part, I know who is reading, but I’m trying to write more honestly and be true to my “writer’s voice,” if you can call it that. So my goal is never to hurt anyone, but to just be honest. I made a promise to myself a long time ago, back in January when I started this little experiment, that I would never write anything critical or hurtful about anyone I know or love. I think so far I’ve done a pretty good job of that.
This blog is about keeping y’all abreast of my life as much as it is about me exploring myself as a writer. It’s an experiment, so bear with me. And thanks for reading!