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Writing my own book - September 10th 2012, 01:44 PM

Well the title may be slightly misleading, I am still writing this book, but I started when I was 13. It's a compilation of my poetry, songs and drawings about my story. All my secrets, everything I've been through, my feelings, etc... And the high school I started out at and planned to finish at, requires a senior project for all seniors, so I planned for my senior project to be getting this book published, sort of like what my friend did except she wrote the whole book and started getting it published for her senior project and it was a fiction. But since then, I've changed schools yet continued to keep this compilation of art, I continue to add to the book. And I do want to publish it my senior year, which still gives me a year or so. But now I'm starting to second guess it because it does have all my secrets, my struggles, my life story essentially, and there are things that I wouldn't dare tell family members that are in that book. Things that I've only ever said on here and to perhaps 3 other people. I want to share this book and share my art, but I'm also scared because some of the things in this book could hurt and tear my family apart. The poems about the abuse my aunt has put me through, the ones about the abuse from my grandmother, the one about feeling abandoned and hurt from my father.

I mean, I do want to get this out there, but at the same time, if my family reads this, it could very well tears it apart in a couple ways, and it'd be the truth that's doing so. I just don't know. What do you think I should do?


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Re: Writing my own book - September 15th 2012, 04:19 PM

Well done for creating your own book and good luck with getting it published.
It's a very tricky situation but would those secrets really tear your family apart or is that just your fear? The only thing that I could really suggest if you really want to get it published is that you think about taking out certain parts (which really would be a shame) that really would hurt your family.
   
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Re: Writing my own book - September 18th 2012, 09:53 AM

YOu don't actually have to use real names, use different names (if you don't ask permission, it could be perceived as defamation of character) plus, the press eat everything up and would be like 'is there a story within in [for them]. I know they are your relatives but they could be really ashamed with anything that could be said and out of anger of anguish they could sue you. So, think about it from all sides.
But, it's great you ARE writing a book. I know I love the whole adrenaline rush when I'm closing in on the end.

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Re: Writing my own book - September 20th 2012, 11:14 PM

Well only one poem has a name and I showed it to that person, it's a good poem and she loved it, it made her cry But the thing is, it talks about my aunt's abuse towards me, which only my mom knows about, not their 3 brothers or other sister. Their other sister knows how she can be, but I don't think she ever saw it rising to abuse. Or if my dad's family read the one about him abandoning me, or if he read it.


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Re: Writing my own book - October 5th 2012, 12:26 AM

If changing names is not an option, you could always tell your family that it was metaphorical. If they believe it was all hyperboles, then they won't worry or get upset if they do read it once its published.


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