I have just started to write in a completely different genre from what I have written previously, which means that I have had to come face to face with new challenges along with new achievements. The new genre that I have chosen is thrillers, which in my case involves action scenes. This was the first time that I have ever written an action scene and I was so proud of it. However, when my friend asked to see it out of support and encouragement, I felt worried that it wasn’t good enough. This led me to edit my scene over and over again along with apologising and forming excuses for it. I was experiencing classic writing embarrassment.
After feeling like this, I remembered a discussion I had with a friend who mentioned that she feels writing embarrassment when showing her work to people that she knew and that it takes a large amount of encouragement and support in order to do so. I found this whole situation and feeling unusual and it made me think of reasons why sharing our work with people who know us personally is so difficult. The main reason I could think of was inspired by what Lee Child – author of the Jack Reacher books – said in an interview: As even if we don’t realise it as writers, we always put a little bit of ourselves into all of the characters. So that means that we are the heroes and that we are also the villains. So through writing, we show different sides of ourselves including the darker sides that we try to hide from even ourselves, which leaves us feeling open and vulnerable, especially since it comes from a place of emotion and creativity that leads us to be very connected with the work that we produce.
I found this very interesting and the only solution to this that I could think of is to just share it with people. By doing this, it will build our confidence along with allowing people to connect with the different characters. So my question to all of you is what stops you from sharing your writing with certain people?