I once read or heard somewhere the expression, “Don’t write with a ghost over your shoulder.”
I love to write and writing comes very easily to me. I write whatever is in my heart at the time and that seems to be working just fine.
Yet sometimes, I pause and hold certain things back.
This I’ve learned, is called writing with a ghost over your shoulder.
Maybe that ghost is the fear of negative opinions or judgments. It could be not wanting to disclose something that might offend, upset or make others feel uncomfortable.
It may be something from your past or present that you are hesitant to reveal.
Your fingers glide across the keyboard, then you glance over your shoulder at that ghost and say to yourself, I can’t write that…
Backspace, backspace, backspace.
Authentic writing is writing with the freedom and courage to honestly express what you want to express, without self-editing.
It should be every writers goal to exercise their own voice and write honestly from the authentic experiences that surround them.
It has certainly become my goal.
I struggle to rid myself of the ghost over my shoulder…Yet, I know that each time I push through my fear, ignore the ghost and post my writing anyway, the ghost loses his power.
The other day, Katherine from Mind Movies texted me and said, “I love your blog! You’re so honest and authentic, that’s why it’s so enjoyable to read!”
Take that, ghost over my shoulder!
Maybe it’s time for you to go find some other writer to haunt!