I read Linda’s post first thing this morning as well as the post she linked to, and they have both stuck with me all day. At first, I was mortified. Have I been over sharing on the blog? Do I need to reign it in a little? After all, who wants to hear about the ins and outs of my personal life?
I think that’ s what makes it hard about blog hops like these. Most of the time I’m writing about my own thoughts or things that have happened to me, and while I get some enjoyment out of sharing, it is also fun to see the response the blog gets.
It would be interesting to see which of my posts received the most views or comments – my fiction or my non-fiction. I honestly think it might be my poetry. But any way you look at it, there is some deeply personal things hidden in my fiction and my poetry. I’m not sure I’ve been entirely up front about some of them because it was too personal to come out and say “this is entirely based on something that happened to me”.
I’ve had fiction, though, where readers thought it was personal when it wasn’t.
Perhaps I don’t know exactly where the line is, but I believe I can venture an educated guess based on things I like to read. I also follow the rule that I don’t post about my loved ones unless it’s things they have already shared on social media.
But, on to my motivation.
When I had my first real story idea, it was very personal and I wanted to write it to help me and my family heal in some way, if at all possible. That story has morphed and changed over the years so that if I ever get around to sitting down and writing it, it won’t be the mostly memoir it was going to be. It will have some basis of factual events, but it will be mostly fiction. I honestly believe it’s better that way. More genuine somehow. But not so genuine people want to throw it away and never look at it again because it crossed the line into over sharing.
I’m not sure there’s a right or wrong answer. All I know is that my motivation is to help. I know I have read some amazing posts in the blogosphere and they have helped me tremendously. Is my writing selfish in many ways? Absolutely. But hopefully there’s someone out there who has found something helpful from reading my words.