Wrote A Book, Masked Identities, Slept Better!
Writing a book that is based on your life and career experiences can be tricky. You want to tell a good story and you want your characters to be real and rich with details. I chose to mask the identity of those who didn’t sound so positive, ethical, fair minded, or just not that nice. We all know people that we wished we hadn’t encountered in life and work. I was not insulated from these experiences in spite of the charmed life and career that I have had thus far. It is healthy to be mindful that all experiences represent learning and growing experiences. You move on. You let go.
When I wrote my first book, I tried very hard to mask the identities of everyone except my family members. There are a few individuals in my life, and discussed in my book, that were so challenging that they still make me cringe. I continue to strive to accept each one as a valuable learning experience. This isn’t always easy, but it is healthy to just let it all go!
A good friend recently sent me a quote related to this exact topic. My friend wasn’t aware of my admiration for the work of this particular writer, Anne Lamott. Perhaps Ms. Lamott would have given me contrary advice about my story telling?
“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”
HA! Touche! Namaste!
Son of a Postman