I have a few bad habits when it comes to offering up my writing for reader consumption, but the biggest is my need to apologize for it.
Maybe I don’t want to offend, or maybe I’m just not sure I’ll be well received, but I have to stop myself from explain why I wrote what I do. My knee jerk reaction to make an excuse in case someone doesn’t like it. If I say I’m sorry out the gate, then it’ll make me feel better if you don’t like. You know, because I already knew you wouldn’t.
For instance, there are two stories that I’d planned on posting today. One a BDSM told in first person and another that’s a m/m piece of erotica titled Whisker Burn (You can find the first part of it under the Dark and Taboo tab). I kept changing my mind because I wasn’t sure someone wandering on to my site would understand why I wrote or wanted to post either piece. I started to post it with a disclaimer, but then that was stupid. I’m an erotica writer, if you come here you should expect to read erotica and whatever form I choose to post it. I ended up moving the first person POV to Monday and am still debating if I’ll post the rest of the m/m at all.
It’s a hard habit to break.
I think making excuses weakens my writing or people’s perception of it. If you don’t like it because of content or grammar or voice, than you don’t have to read. I have to write it though. Because I can’t help myself? Lol. Because there’s so many stories living in my brain that I have to share them, and this is my place to do that sharing. Sharing is caring.
Do you find you want to make excuses for the things you write? I’m probably all alone in my insanity. That’s okay. 🙂
Maybe I’ll post a small part of Whisker burn later this evening. It started as a piece of flash and has turned into a 5K words story over the last few days. The things that turn me on…