#IWSG: Baring/sharing it all in my writing/art

Hi everyone!

I’ve had a rather challenging start to the year, and like I do almost every first Wednesday of the month, I was going to skip this month, but decided to write something anyhow.

This is part of the Insecure Writer’s Group monthly blog hop. You can join in, if you want, or see what other Insecure Writers are writing about.


The optional prompt for this month is:

Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

I think that’s a funny question. For me, that depends on what you mean by personal info.  If it means things like address, phone number or social security number, then no.

But if it means that some of the dreams my characters have were actually dreams that I had, then yes.

Or if it means that I used my first novel to process some unfinished business with an old boyfriend and that I modeled my antagonist on him, then yes. (But I didn’t share his personal info either–yet!)

Writing fiction, for me, really is sharing many personal things about myself–about how I think and how I see the world.

I remember the first time I had a painting in a show–it was a student show at Parkland College in Champaign, IL–I went to the opening, and I hid around the corner and watched people looking at my painting. I felt like I was standing naked in front of everyone because my insides were there for all to see. It got a little easier after that, and I’ve had more practice sharing my writing with critique groups and sending it out to agents and publishers. But I still feel like I’m sharing the most personal of information when I send this out. The difference now is that I’m a little more used to it (and a little more used to getting rejected and not taking it too personally).

And that’s what I have to say about that!

Thanks for stopping by.


I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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