Okay, Okay….it’s sounds more harsh than I mean it to, but it’s something I have to put out there. One of the obstacles of writing “Amelia’s Stoweaway” is keeping friends and family members out of my head. I feel like I should say “no offense” to those family and friends for saying that, but the whole point of this posting is that I need to get used to offending people if I plan on publishing a book.
Every time I use bad language or insert a sex scene, and, yes, maybe some drugs, I can feel my mom and dad sitting on my shoulder and whispering to me, “You don’t have to say it that way to get your point across” or “Drugs? Why do you have to put drugs in your book?”. I never listen to those voices, but every once in a while, I think ahead to when my mom (I’m sure dad will take a peek out of curiosity) is sitting with her coffee reading my book and then choking on a word or a scene. Then I imagine other family members and friends doing the same. This is where I have to get a thick skin and I think it’s best if I work on that now rather than waiting until my book is on a shelf somewhere.
So, once again, I have to say it and with all due respect: “I don’t care what you think”. To move on and forward, I have to separate author Amy from daughter and friend Amy.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin
Until tomorrow and next time…..