There was a writing prompt on the Daily Post about, “What’s the one guilty pleasure you have that’s so good, you no longer feel guilty about it?”. It took a while because I don’t really have a lot of things I indulge in. My life is pretty simple in what I like and focus on.
But it occurred to me that there is one thing and that is letting my emotions and feelings flow in words. For a time I felt uncomfortable about what I was putting on the page because of what people might think, but in reality people think everything but just don’t like to acknowledge it. But I’ve come to embrace it. Those feelings and emotions make life out of life.
As a writer I think that I turned a corner when I embraced that guilty pleasure. Perhaps I am not a money making machine, but I am a satisfied word artist who when letting my mind and heart write together can turn a phrase that I never would have considered in the past.
In any form of writing the reader needs to feel your investment in the piece. I may obscure meaning when I write a poem or hide myself within a character but I know what is there and sometimes a person just clicks with it and they just say, “Yeah, that’s me.” I no longer use the word guilty with my emotional pleasures. They fuel my creativity.
Thank you to Active Army Wife for reminding me of the prompt as I read her guilty pleasure.c