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Writing with strangers - more intimate than sex

Updated on March 11, 2011

This is written by my alter-ego Dante Biscotti.

The act of writing involves the desire to share something intimate with strangers. The writer is the exhibitionist - sharing the personal if not his person. And the reader the consensual participant and voyeur.

Only strangers will do. Our friends, co-workers or family don't count. Hearing your cousin or brother tell you he liked your article is unsatisfying. Feels a bit incestuous. We shyly offer the gift of our writing, exposing the most secret, truth-telling self leaving ourself vulnerable stripped naked on the page.

I'm a reader too. I'm other writers intimate stranger. and sharing that I like their writing, I'm inevitably a bit self-conscious, in a blush, fumbling for words. It feels like sharing a common fetish in frilly black negligees or biker leathers.

Seduction is with words, titillating with metaphor and subtle word-play.

Readers and writers from separate orbits, our paths cross for an instant, take brief comfort in the presence of each other and race on in our paths across the galaxy.

After reading enough of an author you know him/her more personally than family and friends.Each book an intimate conversation ending with a contented afterglow and the desire for the next encounter.


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    • johndvan profile image
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      johndvan 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the moment.

    • youmeget profile image

      youmeget 6 years ago

      That's how come I'm beginning to like you and your hubs.

      youmeget.

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      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      ha ha, seems not just writing, and hubs that people know us better. More like the interent just knows us better than people in our lives at home. That is the most amazing thing that complete strangers end up seeing us in a different light and have the true understanding of who we are. It's a bitter sweet moment!

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      Gyldenboy 6 years ago from Burnaby, BC, Canada

      An interesting take on writing.

      Although, I wonder if we really know the author better. It's a bit unsettling, somehow.

      But, this article certainly has a way with words. Well done sir.

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      Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines

      LOL this is cool and very good, but true, but at the early part of our writing career of hobbies, it was our relatives and friends who first appreciated our talent (well in my case writing is something not obvious to my family), and true enough as we exposed our articles to the world, we don't require our friends or family to read it (in some case the family or friends should be the first to know)because others may read and you are right comments of strangers or fellow writers are more satisfying..