The Insecure Writers Support Group is a marvellous group set up by Alex Cavanagh. On the first Wednesday of every month, members post thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
The link above takes you to details about the group and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out.
This month’s question – Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?
Interesting question! By secret, do you mean that I’ve told no-one at all, or that I choose to share only with a select few? There is nothing at all in the first category, but a fair bit in the second. While everything cannot form an obvious part of my work, my experiences have made me the person I am, and whether consciously or unconsciously, it colours how and what I write.
I grew up a secretive and relatively lonely child, holding myself separate from others as a self-protection methodology. With age (and lots of therapy) came the wisdom that by selecting with care, I could share my true self with others, meaning there was no need for me to have secrets. As a result, there is nothing about me that someone doesn’t know, even if no one person knows it all – for I choose to share aspects of my true self with those who I believe will see, understand and empathise with that particular aspect. There are a small handful who know pretty much all there is, and if I’ve not shared everything with them yet, it’s just a matter of time and opportunity, rather than a lack of trust.
As a final thought, it occurs to me that writers are terribly fortunate in having an opportunity to share their secret, either by publishing under a pen name or by being able to present their secret in a fictional format.
I consider myself a pretty open book these days – are you? Or do you prefer to keep your thoughts close, perhaps even harbouring secrets you’ve told no-one?
© Debra Carey, 2020