Does what you write reflect you?


Trial that we started four days back is beginning towards its end today.

If you missed the last session, you can have a look at Do we become what we read?

Let the final session of trial begin.

The subject in question is – Does what we write reflect us? Truth be told – No, not completely. Yes, completely. Confusing, right? It would be as this plain question has all but fuzziness in its answer.

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This hearing would last only for, probably two minutes, unlike the last one. So yes, you can take a sigh of relief.

If you are a huge fan of suspense, you probably are familiar with ‘Gone Girl’. Yes, the one by Gillian Flynn. During an interview, after novel’s huge success, Flynn faced a plain question expectant of an interesting answer. The question was – You are a happily married woman, expecting sometime soon, then how did Amy, the gone girl, the unhappily-married, retaliation-driven woman came into existence through your pen? (Wordings of the above question are nothing close to the original one asked by the interviewer, but the crux is same.) What she answered I don’t remember (sorry to disappoint you), but my point here is that a happily-married woman can also write about a devilish, havoc-creator woman.
There have been writers who are not much of believers of love, but still dish out novels in the genre of red romance. I would prefer to not to take any names.

Though there always are some real elements present in our sub-conscious mind, about which even the writer is unaware of until he/she has jotted them down on the paper.
But basically all that is needed is heights of imagination and the factual data (if it’s not fantasy) on how a devil would think and act, or how a depressed person would act in certain situations, or how a back-stabber would react on being confronted, only to mention a few. Well, this is a case when you are writing a fiction, a fantasy, anything but not non-fiction.

When you sit down to pour your heart out, an entirely different thing than taking the flight of one’s imagination, on sheet, or technically on keyboard, it entirely and nakedly reveals the YOU as a person. This fact was pretty obvious, I know. But mentioning it would provide a head-start to the almost closure of this hearing.
When you knit down a short story (fictional one), that whole story might reflect you, if you choose to get reflected, or even the shadow of whole story might not maunder around you, or certain parts of the story might reflect your personality, again, if you have chosen it to do so. You might never know when a writer has tagged his/her reality as fiction and vice-versa. There is always a guesswork going on; supposition meandering around. And guess what? This is the most lovable part of writing fiction by me. When you present all the fruits you have on a plate, but the ones looking at them unable to identify which ones are real and which ones are just for fancy decoration. How can anybody just not love the idea of presenting oneself as a baring soul, yet fully covered? It amazes me, this idea.

So, what you write might reflect your personality, as much as you let it reflect. It depends on the writer of the content, if he/she wants himself or herself become vulnerable to those curious eyes, those inquisitive minds; if he/she chooses to be subjected to as an open book, promulgating himself or herself that way, it’s completely a subjective choice.

Moral would be – What we write MIGHT reflect us, as well as MIGHT NOT too. When we write, we can say it all without shredding any covering from ourselves, or if we wish, we can make our real raw selves stand out through our writing. It is as subjective as that.

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39 thoughts on “Does what you write reflect you?

    1. Here, I would say not necessarily. Most of the times it does; every time it does-too general a statement.
      To hold on for what one wants to write is unnatural but at times what is written naturally might be nothing of what you are or think; it might be the perspective of some other character (fictional or real).

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  2. It’s interesting how the true ‘You’ comes out on paper. In my case, I didn’t even realize it until one of my readers pointed it out to me that of late my posts had all been ending on a ‘not so happy’ note and this intrigued me. On going back to the blog and giving it a read, I was surprised to see that he was indeed right and it did correlate well with the time when I was going through not the bests of times too! It’s quite fascinating to let your thoughts run wild on paper and realize what you are actually feeling on reading it from a neutral perspective.

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    1. It happens, Aks. At times, before the writers even realize their mood, readers will help them by putting it out nicely.
      Perspective is everything. Sometimes we present ours and at other times of our fictional characters.☺️

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  3. These last two realistic posts are intetrsting & fabulous…..and does your writeups reflect you??😛
    I guess the best story of a writer has always a pinch of some realistic things happened around him and somewhere it reflect writer too.

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    1. Oh well, that I would leave on my readers to figure out, Prashantt.😛
      Just a pinch of hint – The more I say, the lesser it reflects me.😉 But the best ones are undoubtedly the writings that are written straight from heart. I adore such write-ups, though I am yet to pen them down.😊

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  4. I find the timing of this post so interesting. For today I wrote a post baring my soul . I had commented at how it can be hard to expose yourself to make yourself more vulnerable by being more open. I got a response that addresses your question in a way. Here is the link if you want, and the comment is by Colin fairly close to the beginning. I have to say that yes we can write without showing all, but when we write in a raw way I am learning that those writings are usually the most powerful! Good post! Keet them coming! https://joyroses13.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/when-there-are-no-words/

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  5. Perspectives, my friend. Every situation has many perspectives and so does your question.

    So does our writing reflect the kind of person we are? Yes and No.

    Lets consider any typical mainstream superhero movie/book. There is an all powerful , extremely good hero who wants to save the human race from an equally powerful, evil man, who wants to wipe of the human race from the planet. Now, what kind of person is the creator of both these characters? Good, like the hero or evil , like the villain?

    Both, I would say, also neither!

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  6. again, a slight disagreement. what i think, is that everything, every single person in this world, be it a unhappy wife, as you said, or a devil, all these people can relate to you. they are your reflections, but through different mediums and surroundings. and
    clearly, if you are writing an evil character, how will it be convincing if it doesn’t reflect you? everything you wrote is your mind’s projection, nothing else…the posts you are sharing are interesting..
    shreyans

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        1. I know Shreyans. ‘Unfortunately’ probably was not the right word to be used. But yeah the intention, for me to make my POV clear to you and yours to make your POV clear to me, was surely served.😊
          You too have a Good day!☺️

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  7. Brilliantly written. My question is- how much does it matter? It happens both ways. However, in my personal opinion it is the struggle for every writer to try to write neutrally without reflecting his/her personality or thoughts over the subject and that makes for a true writer particularly in the field of non-fiction but no matter how hard one tries; its never that easy… !!!

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      1. Oh yes my dear lady. Actually I love writing as much as I love snooker. Hence I am caught up with the two. So I have been playing lots of snooker lately and hence not being able to write at all 😦 given that with my body work life I can either write or play snooker and this kills me but no other way. I just I could do both 😦

        Anyway, I saw your lovely post written about something that I sometimes think too much about. It was nicely written and got me engaged. Be it fiction or non-fiction we do have a voice that keeps creeping up in our work. My fiction protagonist is like me in some ways and talks like me sometimes and similarly my non-fiction works have my side of the story or opinion rather then them being neutral.

        Its a constant struggle and I think one becomes a great writer only once one is able to put oneself aside while writing and maintains impartiality but that is a hard nut to crack.

        Keep posting good writings like this and let us stay in touch.

        Love, wishes and prayers !

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        1. Well that is really a struggle, to simultaneously manage the things that we love. And of course, the hardest thing is to keep one’s real self insulated from one’s writings. But gradually I am coming to realization that the ones written straight from the heart actually have the most deepening impact.
          Good day, Sir.☺️

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