What makes people open up and share their inner most secrets? Why would someone bare their soul and share their stories with strangers? It's an interesting question and one which I was asked recently about my love story anthology, Love Alters.
Motivations vary; for me it was the idea that I wanted to work on a long term project and I couldn't very well do so without have submitted a story to the project itself. And of course I thought my story was interesting and worth sharing with others.
Some of the writers in the anthology wanted to test themselves and writing about yourself is a great way to do it, it is actually much harder than you think. What do you leave out? What do you put in? Would your readers even find it interesting. I had more than a few comments about how challenging the process was for them as writers, but for the most part they persevered and completed it to their satisfaction.
I had a number of other people who felt that they wanted to share someone else's story for the anthology, to commemorate their relationship. And I couldn't really think of a more fitting tribute. We sometimes forget that our aunts or grandmothers were young and had the opportunity to fall in love and discover life the same way we did - and for me, I must admit, I found these very moving to read.
Some of the authors are working on building up their writing portfolios and writing short stories is a great way to do this without any major commitment from their perspective. A short story can be churned out in a couple of days if necessary - although for many of course it took quite a bit longer.
Writing your love story is an interesting project in itself and while we aren't taking any more love stories for this project, if you are looking at a personal project to build up your writing skills, I recommend you try it. I guarantee it sounds a lot harder than it actually is.
And if you do get a chance to do so, I would love to read it.
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