I need you guys to give me some input.
Recently, I’ve started writing again. If you read Sorry For The Interruption, you will know why. Anyways, I’ve also been throwing some book ideas around.
I’ve always wanted to write a book. Whether it was about my story, or something fictional that included rape and abuse, or just a book to reach others who may be struggling. I have spent so much time and energy trying to figure out the perfect book subject.
They say write what you know. Well, I know rape. And abuse. And victims of both. But, I’m no counselor, and I wouldn’t be able to write a credible self-help book.
So, this is where you come in. This morning, I had an idea. I realized all of my posts, and the posts of others, that were the most penetrating to readers were the ones where feelings were put into understandable sentences.
A sentence where a victim could show the article to a friend and say, “See, this is what I’m feeling” in the way someone else could understand. Posts like A Living Suicide, I Hate That I’m Not Alone, etc.
My question is this: As a survivor, would a book exposing how you feel be of interest to you? Just what goes on inside your head as you process and work through things? Not a, “Here’s How To Fix Yourself” or “And They All Lived Happily Ever After”, just a brutally honest portrayal of the feelings we feel.
I’m thinking it may help reach those who feel alone. To know they aren’t crazy, and that what they are feeling is actually normal. I am hoping it would also help victims and survivors understand themselves more, and find a deeper healing. Also, it may even be good for the person who has a loved one who has been raped or abused. At least in understanding them and knowing how to be a true, supportive person in their life.
And my final question: Do you think I could even do this book justice? If you’ve read through my posts, I hope you could at least see that I have a heart for this. But I need to know if you would trust me to write on your behalf, and put your thoughts and feelings into words for the world to hear. Could I be the messenger for that? I’m not sure, which is why I need input.
So, there we have it. Would that be beneficial? And could I write it? Please help me. I want so badly to reach out to women, and I feel as though this may be one way to do it. I still have many, many other books in the works, but this one just really seems to call to me for some reason.
Anyways. I’m a fan of brutally honest feedback. I know some comments may be “If that’s what you want, go for it” and that’s encouraging, but I would rather like someone to give critical advice or opinions.
So, have at it. And don’t be shy if you’re new. There’s people joining every day, so if this is the first post you read, I will shamelessly include a plug here about reading the rest of the articles on this blog. Hope to hear from you!