Bare #fiveminutefriday

Five Minute Friday


I think the part I hate most about writing is how vulnerable I become.  As I type you're seeing into my mind, into my soul.  It makes sending short stories in to be published and receiving the subsequent rejection letters devastating.  They're not just rejecting my work, they're rejecting me.  It's silly and obviously untrue, but it still feels that way.

Writing leaves me bare.  It strips me of all my falsehoods and pretenses.  It opens me to the core.  You have the opportunity to play upon the inner workings of my soul.  It's freeing and absolutely terrifying, sometimes crippling.  I have a project I want to work on, but can't because I'm finding it's too revealing, too personal.  It's me, it's all of me.  What if someone reads it and thinks it's crap?  What if it reveals all the cracks and flaws within me and that the people I love stop loving me for it?

They don't talk about it in English class- the insecurity of writing.  They don't warn you when you step down that path.  It wasn't until my senior year that I even realized what it was doing to me.  Thank you Carlton Floyd, for flaying my skin and stripping me to the bones.  Thank you for showing me my potential.  Thank you for leaving me bare.


32 comments:

  1. The power of the crafted word...it can definitely fillet a person in new ways. May we continue to find ways to reveal the Word through our words...

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  2. Megan, this is so TRUE! Writing leaves us more bare than anything I have ever experienced...even speaking in front of a room full of people isn't as scary! LOVE this! :)

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    1. There is so much more safety in speaking to a room full of people! Thank you for stopping by :)

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  3. Hi Megan,

    Yes...I can relate to how writing leaves one's soul bare...I think it is one of the reasons I resisted blogging for so long although God kept nudging me toward it...we're also a dog and kid family :) Nice to meet you :)

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    1. I hear you. Following God's path is really scary sometimes, and it's hard to trust when it leaves you feeling vulnerable. Nice to meet you too!

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  4. I am insecure every time I write and so need His courage. Beautiful post!

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  5. It is so true, thank you for sharing, I feel the same, it still stops me in my tracks some days. Have a blessed day. Tara.

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  6. I agree with you so much, I struggle with it as well. Afraid to write what I really want to because of how it will affect other people.

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    1. It's the scary part and it's the beautiful part. Our words can change people- for better or worse- in ways we can't even imagine.

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  7. Your thoughts must speak to each one visiting here for we are all on the path of baring our souls! To "let go" of what I feel is mine to say and to say what I know is "His", that is all that I can do. Now if I would just DO that each & every day!!!

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    1. Right? Knowing the right thing is so much easier than doing the right thing. God give us the strength to take action! Thank you for stopping by :)

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  8. Megan I think your post was brave. I wish I could bare myself as you did. I am new to this so for now I am just encouraging.

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    1. You can :) God will give you the strength to do what you need to do. I'll be praying for you!

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  9. Thank you for your honesty about the insecurity of writing.
    'It's freeing and absolutely terrifying, sometimes crippling.' It is good to know that we don't experience this on our own.

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  10. It is scary I often write more on my blog than I would ever have the courage to speak.

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    1. Me too :) I often use it as a tool to say to the world things I'm afraid to say in person.

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  11. I so agree....Writing does bare us and it can be so very scary sometimes.

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    1. It's the best/worst part of writing! Thank you for being part of my journey :)

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  12. It's amazing what your fingers will tattle on you before you have even realized it. It is maybe the best kept secret in the universe.

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    1. That's why I love blogging/journaling. I've learned so much more about myself through words than I would I have know otherwise.

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  13. they don't tell you in english class that the life of a writer isn't hard because of the paycheck but because of what you learn about yourself through your writing. beautiful written.

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    1. Thank you. I wish someone had warned me! ;)

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  14. I love how bare we all become in this process, and from day to day. And I am learning that baring it all while not worrying what others think is absolutely the best part of writing. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! I love it too, but it scares me sometimes. It's hard to let go of the fear of being judged by others, but since I'm putting it all out on the internet, I'm throwing caution to the wind!

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  15. You have a beautiful blog. I read a few posts before I read the 'Bare' post. Because I love your banner. LOL. It is really sweet. I understand how you feel about wanting to change the direction of what you have been doing. I am doing that in some ways also. Because I am not a writer! I am wordy but I am not a writer. I am baring my soul here with you today. I am with you on the wanting to write more about family and parenting and all that comes with it. I felt God moving me to write devotionals as much as I could. And I did that for a little over a year. And I realize I am not a writer. I felt I needed to share God. And that was a way to do it. But I know realize that there are many more ways than sharing a devotional. Just by sharing ourselves and our faith we can reach someone. Just by sharing our mommy or grandmommy moments in my case is a way to share God's love.
    So with all that said. I have really enjoyed meeting you and share my heart and reading about your heart stories. I am following you in my little blue slippers so I can stay in touch. I hope you'll have a chance to come see me. If you can hang around awhile. I am more than the words that I write today Baring my Soul for 5 Minute Friday. Hope to see you!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you for baring yourself Sherry! I really appreciate your stopping by and sharing yourself. We are so much more than words, and the way we live our lives is often a devotional of our faith. <3

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  16. How often I cringe while hitting the publish button, wondering if I've shown too much of me. However my favorite writers are those who bare their beautiful souls, imperfections and all!

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    1. I agree! Vulnerability leads to a deeper connection, with ourselves, with God, and with others. Thank you for stopping by!

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