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Personal Lines

I was really interested in the thread about 'crossing the line' in terms of audience readership, but something I personally have issues with right now is crossing more personal lines and I'm wondering what other people (more experienced writers?) think about this.

I recently wrote an introduction to a story that I've always wanted to write (or felt I should), and although it's not especially explicit or anything, it reads like an exercise in horror to me because it compacts one of my greatest fears into about three paragraphs. Every time I read it, I feel proud of it as an introduction, but it also makes me feel somewhat panicked because of it's intensely personal and psychological nature. So I'm wondering, where is the line between knowing how to creatively use something very personal to enhance a story and purging too much?

I suppose it's a case of clouded judgement. I don't particularly know how I feel about it and I certainly don't know how another reader might feel about it. (I'm not really ready for anyone else to read i yet, either.) I guess the thing that keeps bringing me back is that I think it might have potential and I have really wanted to write this thing for a long time. I honestly don't know whether to delete it because it makes me feel uncomfortable, or to use it, possibly for the same reason.

I guess the writer is the only one who can decide what to do in a case like this, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience?