blog post from Think Traffic, nodded in agreement, and then said "yes." Then as it really sank in, I raised my voice, and hollered "Yeah, hell yeah!" The title? "How to Write Epic Shit, Lesson #1: Fear Makes You Tame and Ordinary"
First, if the word "shit" upset you, lighten up. It's there to make a point.
You've heard it from other writers, and, admit it, you've said it yourself. "Oh, I couldn't write that. What would ---fill in blank--- think?" Then your internal editor steps over its bounds and tempers your writing. That editor raises visions of an angry mother, grandmother, father, sister, neighbor, co-worker, boss, religious sect, political group, spouse, etc. etc. etc. If you stop and think about it, you allow yourself to be censored way more than you let yourself go.
Imagine all that energy and creative spirit that you're hiding from the world.
Heck, I have rules. No discussion of my preference for politics or religion in my FundsforWriters material. I'm not saying to find something controversial out of spite, in order to stir the crap. I'm saying write what beats in your chest, even if you know it won't make someone happy.
It's the daring, colorful and utterly truthful who attract readers.
Corbett Barr, the founder of Think Traffic blog, tauts this lesson primarily for bloggers, since that's his expertise - creating blogs that sell. But I profess it works for other writing as well. He suggests you let fear guide you by asking yourself questions such as:
1. What have you held back from your readers for fear they'd label you an imposter?
2. What have you strongly disagreed with online but feared writing about your side?
3. What are you keeping from one online group that another one knows about you and you're afraid to share?
4. What are you afraid your mother, spouse or family would read?
5. What have you written about trying to fit in to a group, when you didn't feel that way?
No, this isn't permission to be rude. But sometimes we avoid the uncomfortable. Maybe it's time to write uncomfortable. Quit writing what's popular on other blogs, in other novels, on other websites.
Barr calls it "writing epic shit." I call it writing the truth, with your heart in it.