Unintended Side Effects of Memoirs

thI haven’t let anyone read it in its entirety yet. I’m scared. It’s not even finished and I’m scared to keep on writing it. Not because I’m afraid of what people will think of me, or what will happen if they don’t like my style of writing, or the story itself. I’m scared to see how the rumor mill churns out my words. I’m scared to discover how my words will be dissected and surely “read into”. I’m scared of the inevitable; someone’s feelings will be hurt.

My novel, Rose Clover, is based on a true story. Even though I shouldn’t, I feel bad about some of the truth that will be told about the characters in my life. Names have been changed, but the story remains mostly whole. Writing Rose Clover has and will take me a long time to write. I’ve found it therapeutic, and mostly an uplifting journey to create. While publishing it won’t ruin any  lives or anything remotely close, I do realize it will hurt some people, or rip open old wounds. Peace treaties that have been semi- put into place will inevitably burn to ash.

I’m writing it for me. I’m writing it because it’s what I love to do. I’m writing it because I was never able to talk about it, or even find the words to express what happened. I’m writing because it has helped me move on. I’m writing it because I finally can.

Yet, I’m two million percent sure I am not the first person to face this dilemma, and I certainly won’t be the last. Has anyone out there in the blogosphere published anything controversial? Frowned on by your family and friends? What did you do?

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Unintended Side Effects of Memoirs

  1. I did put a piece out, but I changed names and the story was such that I didn’t have to worry about hurt feelings. I did try to make it true to the way it was.

    1. I see. I think I may change bits of the story to make it “based on a true story” rather than memoir or non fiction.

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