What challenges do you find in writing about sensitive subjects? Is it easy to insert bits of your life into your stories, or does it feel like a tooth extraction without anesthesia? (By the way, if you’ve never had a permanent tooth pulled without a numbing agent of some sort, don’t. It’s the second most painful thing I’ve ever experienced.)
I’m not talking about little things here, like what color kite you flew or what model bike you had when you were a kid. I mean big things, worthy of being thematic elements. That secret you’ve carried for years, that pain that burdened you for the longest time (and maybe still does). How do you put those into the story? Or do you?
Something writers know – whether they be authors of novels and short stories, poets, journalers, journalists, bloggers, whatever – is that our life can’t help but leak onto the keyboard and into the notebook. It can be traumatic, or it can be healing. Sometimes both.
So, to reiterate, what challenges and/or obstacles do you encounter when you try to “write what you know” from your own life? How do you deal with them?