To Share your Writings or not to Share: that is the question

Why do writers dwell on the question ?

A question that pervasively visits all writers regardless of their advancement, their style of writings, or even ability to write. The minute a person grabs a pen or starts pressing keystrokes on a keyboard to disseminate opinions, facts or mere ideas, the absolute question pops up.Should I publish my writings?

Is it good enough to be seen? Should I simmer it some more? or -the most tempting- should I just through it all away? The daunting question either kills your passion at the crib or causes you to publish anonymously.

In my personal opinion, the main reason one would hide their uncensored thoughts is FEAR. That is not to say, that fear is always harmful for sometimes certain things look better behind curtains.

No doubt that the causes vary and are not necessarily negative but the ultimate result of all the reasons is FEAR. You could be afraid of your thoughts peeling layers of your personality thus revealing that hidden side to at least a few readers you'd least want to share general things with, let alone personal things.

You could be afraid of voicing your passion out loud, since your ignited passion could backfire at you causing unjust retaliation. Or maybe you are like me ashamed of the quality of those writings. I remember when I started taking baby steps towards writing, I had the burden of literature's development on my shoulders. I thought I should spare the world an awful writer who disseminated ideas weakly.

Looking back, it seems like my ego was totally in charge of my perspective. I thought I lacked pride in my writings but it seems like my ego was deceiving. The inflated pride convinced me that I could single handedly ruin it for all readers out there. That my weak dissemination of knowledge would ruin literature. It seems like my ego thought that it was going to suck a readership of thousands who will all get scarred to life once they read my lacking articles.


Sometimes something is better than nothing.
Sometimes something is better than nothing.

I adapted Virginia Woolf's saying from "A room of one's own". She says

"How small, how insignificant this thought of mine looked; the sort of fish that a good fisherman puts back into the water so that it may grow fatter and be one day worth cooking and eating".

Sometimes waiting for a fish to grow is a must but you don't want to over do it and end up with an empty bucket. You wait and you wait and instead of simmering your writing, you end up burning them all the way down leaving a dark stain over your pan.

Sometimes you choose to switch into anonymity due to a particular experience. One that caused you severe ill effects. And although my writings are not that strong to leave me ill effects, I know exactly how it feels to publish something and then have amplified personal shame banging the door.

I always have two inner critiques, one appears before anything is published and likes what it labelled as master. I like this critique. The other judge only appears after I would have just published a piece or shared it with some one. This critique pleads me to stop putting absolute crap on papers. But it turns out that it is not just me who receives those visits for Margaret Cavendish herself expressed this syndrome in her poem "The Hasty Resolution":


If Margaret Cavendish herself dwelled on the question, then I and a million others are ought to dwell on it ...
If Margaret Cavendish herself dwelled on the question, then I and a million others are ought to dwell on it ...

The Hasty Resolution - I guess it's not just me or you out there questioning the quality of ur work !!!

Reading my verses, I liked them so well,

Self-love did make my judgment to rebel.

Thinking them so good, I thought more to write;

Considering not how others would them like.

I writ so fast, I thought, if I lived long,

A pyramid of fame to build thereon.

Reason observing which way I was bent,

Did stay my hand, and asked me what I meant;

Will you, said she, thus waste your time in vain,

On that which in the world small praise shall gain?

For shame, leave off, said she, the printer spare,

He'll lose by your ill poetry, I fear.

Besides the world hath already such a weight Of useless books,

as it is overfraught.

Then pity take, do the world a good turn,

And all you write cast in the fire, and burn.

Angry I was, and Reason struck away,

When I did hear, what she to me did say.

Then all in haste I to the press it sent,

Fearing persuasion might my book prevent.

But now tis done, with grief repent do I,

Hang down my head with shame, blush, sigh, and cry.

Take pity, and my drooping spirits raise, Wipe off my tears with handkerchiefs of praise.


Ghostwriting

On the contrary to the previous reasons, one would write in anonymity to offer ghostwriting services. In which case you are not ashamed or afraid of your writings but you would rather provide writing services to others. You choose to help others become authors themselves in return of agreed benefits.

Bottom Line

Like all my articles, this one doesn't offer a clear conclusion. I like to put out everything that I know and then leave the rest to you. But if you are reluctant about publishing your works because you know that it is not the best out there or because you are afraid of how your friends or family would react, keep two things in mind.

The first thing is that you are ought to start somewhere and unless you are one of those really gifted people, your writings might not inspire humanity. They might not put the smile or the tear you intended to add on your readers' faces but if they are written from your heart, they will most likely allow you to release your uncensored thoughts out -even the ones you didn't know existed-.

The second thing is that luckily none of us are at the centre of the universe. Think of it this way, you are not the first or last to express yourself using literature and thus it couldn't hurt the universe one more lousy piece. ;-) And literature is NOT going to go down the drain if you write another novel that starts with another form of "It was a dark and stormy night ..."

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Nature_Boy 6 years ago

Thanks for a great article ...I enjoyed reading it ...


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

u r very welcome Nature_boy ... I see u choose to be kinda anonymous ;-)


gulnazahmad 6 years ago

It is very interesting, the way you have written it has made it that good:)


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks gulnazahmad =)


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Yes, I think the more a person writes, the better they get. Practice, helps allot, just jotting down our thoughts, seem to add many words to a number of pages:) Keep on Writing!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Great and helpful facts and OH so TRUE to share or not to share your work? The question does raise its head often, thanks for the helpful guidance. Nice read! :)


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

Very true heart4theworld. Having been in an IT major for so long, I felt like my writing has somehow rusted. So I totally agree with you, practicing helps BIG TIME.


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks katie, once again im very glad u liked it =) Though lately, it hasn't been popping up that much 4 me, having posted the links below

http://hubpages.com/relationships/Why-is-Tempting-... and

http://hubpages.com/education/Memoirs-of-a-Technic...

made me feel like I shared my most intimate secrets without loosing much so I no longer dwell on the question like I used to. =) On the contrary, I found that alot of people related to what I had to say.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

What a wonderful piece of writing. I have always loved writing. Hubpages has given me a wonderful outlet for my work and the inspiration to get up in the morning and write 5 days a week. I am ready to seek a broader audience, but still haven't figured out the direction to take. In the meantime, I am content.


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

Absolutely right breakfastpop, I know exactly what u are talking about. Though lately I have been reluctant with writing and addicted to reading other hubs. I find that hubpages expands my perspectives, knowledge and all this poetry just enlightens my soul.

Thanks for dropping by. And im very glad that ur content, nothing is more important so hold on to it. The happy spirit is reflected on ur hubs =)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

I very much enjoyed this hub, very well written and it touched on questions as a writer I often ask myself. I agree with your conclusion that fear is a major contributer, I have often nearly not pressed the publish button for just that reason.


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for the comment wrenfrost56. I know exactly what you mean, I get that sort of hesitation before publishing any hub.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Sometimes I dream in hubs - at least it seems I am writing a hub while I am dreaming, or something like that - then I awake and can't remember all the particulars. Wish we could record our dreams. Good hub.


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@elayne001 thanks a lot ...

I totally know what u mean, I have that syndrome too. I certainly wake up to write some things and go back to bed. And sometimes when im in the middle of severe pain or great pleasure, I start thinking of how the experience would go in one of my hubs. =)

Cheers,

Noorin


Calling Crow 6 years ago

Great hub! I have, to this date, been on Hubpages anonymously. Not really afraid of opinions, more or less, reluctant to let some people know about my writing. Sure, I am a little nervous of what they would say, but the ego in me just doesn't want to share with them. Although, a couple of my hubs give me away. . . oops lol! Oh well, I doubt they are looking yet. ;)


Calling Crow 6 years ago

Great hub! I have, to this date, been on Hubpages anonymously. Not really afraid of opinions, more or less, reluctant to let some people know about my writing. Sure, I am a little nervous of what they would say, but the ego in me just doesn't want to share with them. Although, a couple of my hubs give me away. . . oops lol! Oh well, I doubt they are looking yet. ;)


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@Calling Crow, That's exactly wot im talking about. When I first started, I was just trying things out but when I realized how open this platform was, I got this exact nervousness. I wanted to change my name but it was kinda too late =P since hubpages doesn't allow u to change names. I thought about starting a new account but I feared loosing the fans, the followers, the comments and all that good stuff so eventually I decided to leave it as is. Don't really care anymore, ppl sure discover new things abot me. I was nervous abot exposing personal things, mainly coz my writings are geared towards personal stuff. I was also nervous about the quality of articles. My writings are not necessarily brilliant or inspiring but oh well, both the stories and the words r part of me so I mite as well expose them =)

I respect ur decision in choosing to remain anonymous. I would have been if it wasn't for hubpages technical and logical limitation.

Thanks for stepping by.

Noorin


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@Calling Crow, That's exactly wot im talking about. When I first started, I was just trying things out but when I realized how open this platform was, I got this exact nervousness. I wanted to change my name but it was kinda too late =P since hubpages doesn't allow u to change names. I thought about starting a new account but I feared loosing the fans, the followers, the comments and all that good stuff so eventually I decided to leave it as is.

Don't really care anymore, ppl sure discover new things abot me. I was nervous abot exposing personal things, mainly coz my writings are geared towards personal stuff. I was also nervous about the quality of articles. My writings are not necessarily brilliant or inspiring but oh well, both the stories and the words r part of me so I mite as well expose them =)

I respect ur decision in choosing to remain anonymous. I would have been if it wasn't for hubpages technical yet logical limitation.

Thanks for stepping by.

Noorin


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada Author

@Calling Crow, That's exactly wot im talking about. When I first started, I was just trying things out but when I realized how open this platform was, I got this exact nervousness. I wanted to change my name but it was kinda too late =P since hubpages doesn't allow u to change names. I thought about starting a new account but I feared loosing the fans, the followers, the comments and all that good stuff so eventually I decided to leave it as is. Don't really care anymore, ppl sure discover new things abot me. I was nervous abot exposing personal things, mainly coz my writings are geared towards personal stuff. I was also nervous about the quality of articles. My writings are not necessarily brilliant or inspiring but oh well, both the stories and the words r part of me so I mite as well expose them =)

I respect ur decision in choosing to remain anonymous. I would have been if it wasn't for hubpages technical and logical limitation.

Thanks for stepping by.

Noorin


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi,

What a fantastic hub - really gets you thinking. Loved it!!


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noorin 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks @Seeker7 ... Keep on stepping by =)


CJ Sledgehammer 3 years ago

Noorin:

This piece was certainly well worth the time it took to read it. I think you captured (quite accurately and eloquently) many of the issues we all encounter...and still ponder.

Somewhere...out there is that little critical voice that forces me to modify some of my hubs upwards of 20 times after publishing. The dreaded "inner critic" is relentless and is both nemesis and mentor simultaneously.

Best wishes and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer


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noorin 3 years ago from Canada Author

@CJ Sledgehammer thank you very much for your kind comments. I am glad you liked it. I must admit I do the same thing with my hubs. I bet you if I reread this one, I will go like "how did I miss this mistake or typo or whatever" and disregard the overall picture. But I have learned that no matter how many times I enhance a hub, there will always be more to fix which is fine so long the main idea has found its way out to the screen :)


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Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Great hub. Even now, after 2 years on Hubpages and finishing the apprenticeship program, I still get very nervous before I hit the 'publish' button. Then I worry about criticism. I guess it's kind of normal - and any come backs help us to develop with our writing.


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noorin 3 years ago from Canada Author

Emma, looks like all the hubbers have this as a common factor,and I totally agree, come backs are very helpful. If anything, criticism and come backs only tell that people haven't given up on you, as in they see room for enhancements and they r putting the effort to help us develop our writings.

keep on stepping by.

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