In the past I have always been a closet writer not really ever confident enough to share what I have written with anyone else. I think this stems from one high school English teacher who never had a positive thing to say about anything I had written. All of my other English teachers were more than supportive of my writing. Instead of embracing the positives over the years I have clung to the negatives even if they were proportionately lower in number.
I suppose blogging is a good way for me to get over this shyness especially before I put my real labours of love out there in the world. Blogging certainly provides an open forum for people to read and critique my work. I started my blog three days ago and have already seen the promise of a supportive community with other hopeful authors in exactly the same place as myself. I look forward to following their journeys and hopefully celebrating their successes.
Apart from my husband, my mother and one friend I have not shared the creation of my blog with anyone who actually knows me in the flesh and even they have not been given the opportunity to read it. Perhaps I fear their criticism the most. Upon discussing my blog with my very supportive friend I was surprised to find that they were not as supportive as I might have thought. Why? Well because they are concerned that I will share my book ideas with fellow bloggers and that they might go and steal them.
I adore this friend but I have to say this is a risk I am willing to take. I have read other people’s blogs where they share their characters, rough plot outlines and even samples of some of their chapters. I found some of these very intriguing and in some cases I can’t wait for them to get published so that I can read their books but I have no desire to go and steal their work. I have too many ideas buzzing around in my head. So here I remain very excited and still blogging with the enemy.