Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Some good (scary!) news!

An essay I wrote about struggling with my body image got accepted for an edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul, to be published later this year!

The essay was one of those pieces of writing that came out quickly. I thought about it in the airport and during my plane ride to see my writing buddies in Canada last summer, and then when I sat down to write it was like the words and paragraphs were already there. The two writers I was with read and critiqued it, and with some minor edits, I sent it out the door. Lo and Behold, it got picked up! If only all writing/publishing were that easy, huh?

But now that I know it's going to be Out There., I'm freaking out a little. I reread the essay and frankly, I don't remember being so candid! Of course, it's that honesty that makes an essay worth reading. But man, do I feel naked knowing that other people are going to know all the crazy things I've thought about my body over the years.

It's a good lesson--In journalism/marketing writing, you hear all the time, "Know your audience" and "Write for your audience." In creative writing, I think the opposite is true. Don't think of your audience at all. Write for yourself, write your truth.

Otherwise, if you're anything like me, you just might take out the most interesting bits because they don't put you in the best light (or, to stick with the body image theme, they make you look fat). But it's those private bits that make an essay (or poem or story...)good and make people able to relate to it.

Exposing those bits, of course, is a very scary thing. But, as Elanor Roosevelt advised, "Do one thing every day that scares you." Best Blogger Tips


Kells said...


And you know, given our country's freakishly weight obsessed culture and desire for all things thin, I am pretty sure you are not the only one who thought crazy things about your body or even did crazy things to your body. I think honest essays really help others feel they are not alone, so be very proud that your essay will help someone else. I'm sure it will!

Word verification: JellyDonut
(okay, it really wasn't, but wouldn't that have been funny?) ;-)

all best,

January said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations. That's terrific, Bug. I can't wait to read it in print. Please let us know when it's published.

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Writer Bug said...

Thanks Kells and January!

Kells, I'm sure you're right about my thoughts/actions being not at all abnormal in our culture. How much easier life would be if we were just more honest and therefore didn't feel so alone with our dark sides... [And a big fat LOL re Jelly Donut!]

Essay Writing, I'm not sure what you're referring to? Please explain if you see this note.

Sun Singer said...

Congratulations. You'll be in great company in a wonderful series of books.

Too candid? Like you say, that draws readers. But often after I upload a new blog post, I begin to wonder if I've really said too much.

Usually not. Maybe most people think that since I'm a writer, I made it up anyway. Or else, the readers don't know me in real life, so it's almost like they're reading about a fictional character.

Oh well, that's a writer's life.


Tracy I said...

Yay for you. I remember that essay when it was just a little draft! Now it's hit the big times!

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RB said...

Hey, Bug! I'm catching up on your blog...I don't remember you telling me this. CONGRATS! This is awesome!

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