Would writing about your experiences be too personal? I think it could help other people. Please think about it.
Writing about a life experience
Have you ever considered writing about something however you are not to sure if you actually should? There are questions maybe you should ask yourself. Is this going to damage my reputation or possibly prevent me from maintaining or becoming employed in my career field or any other I may decide to enter in to later on? Is this going to be at someone in my close family or friends emotional expense? Is this something I am willing to talk about when I am questioned about it at some point? Is this really something I want other people to know about me or my personal life? These are all very important in your decision when deciding if you should write about any life event. Sometimes you may feel that someone else may benefit from a tragedy that may have occurred in your life such as rape, molestation, drug or alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, murder, identity theft, sexual and personal issues and other issues that could have the possibility of a positive or a negative affect. Personally if I answered any of the questions above with a negative response or an I don't know I would have to say the best bet is not to write about it. For example let's just say Kevin is thinking of writing about his past drug and alcohol abuse. He has taken into consideration that he is an elementary school teacher and this may damage his career and reputation and may cause him to even lose his job because some of the things he wants to write about occurred recently while he was employed at a local school. On the positive side he is thinking not only will it be therapeutic for him but it may also help someone else by not only giving them hope but maybe some advice that may help them on their way to recovery. After thinking it over for weeks Kevin has decided to write about it however instead of being able to take the credit as the writer he wants to do it anonymously or under a different pen name. This is the best decision in this case for him. He is going to be able to write about it because he feels the want or need to however he is not going to receive any credit under his name. By doing so he has satisfied himself with writing about what he wanted to without losing his career or damaging his reputation. Kevin also will not have to answer any question to the public or anyone else. Had he wanted to publish this as a hardcover book titled " My Story " Written by: Kevin Bradley he may have had to release information he did not want known and risk his career. In that case the proper decision would have been not to even write it or possibly write a book simply on ways to recover from drug and alcohol abuse and not mention anything about his personal life experience. Basically what it boils down to is What do you feel you should do? It should not be a split second decision especially if you are writing about something very personal that otherwise may not be shared with anyone. You have to be absolutely positive about your decision before doing so because once you write something and even if only 2 people were to read it that is 2 people that you may or may not have ever mentioned that to. The best advice I can give is to look before you leap so to speak and weigh out all the options. You may even want to write a list of good things and bad things and their effects on your life to aid yourself with your decision. Possibly discuss this with someone close to you and get their opinion on what they think about what you should do. Just keep in mind that these and other ideas are only to be used as a tool to aid in your decision process the ultimate choice is yours.