I posted the other day about Charles Bukowski over at SMITH (continuing with the theme of the stories we do not tell), about how Bukowski didn’t hold back in his writing, that he put it all out there with his words.
And I mentioned it here at 52projects.com a couple weeks back, and in the post over at SMITH as well, the poem "So You Want To Be A Writer?" by Bukowski. I really recommend that you track down a copy of that poem.
This line in particular offers up some excellent insight on the subject of holding back, of perhaps being afraid to tell a story, or the whole story:
“if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.”
I do that all the time. I’m always asking other people to read my stories (especially my wife) — not necessarily for critique, but to see if I should put the story out there…
Anyway, you’ll notice at the SMITH post that I offered up a free copy of Bukowski’s Factotum to the first ten people who posted a relevant comment (at SMITH). Five comments have been posted so far, so five free copies are still available.