There's always talk about how this group or that group wants to censor a book, keep it out of libraries so others can't be tainted by what's within its pages. Betsy Lerner, author of THE FOREST FOR THE TREES, suggests censorship might actually begin with the author herself!
Is there someone in your life you're trying to protect, thus keeping you from opening up in your writing? Maybe if you write about a character whose relationship between his/her parents is strained, you're afraid everyone will think poorly of your own parents. Or maybe there are feelings you keep so hidden because you don't want anyone in your life to know what's really going on in your head.
As long as you soften you're writing to protect family, friends, yourself, you'll never reach your potential. How can you write about life if you aren't willing to delve into your own?
And that's what this post is about. I censor my writing. A lot. I'm always worried about offending my Betas or you, dear readers, by not keeping up with the bubbly, happy-go-lucky persona I've created (not to mention my mother reads this blog and there are some things even SHE doesn't know). But from now on, I'm not going to allow myself to be the victim of my own censorship. I'm going to be totally honest with you, dear readers. And my posts will reflect this from now on.
Discussion: Do any of you censor your writing? And if you do, are you willing to put an end to it today? It's scary, I'll admit (and I haven't even done anything yet), but I think it's helpful and maybe even necessary.