Recently, Mark Coburn (WIREMAN) offered the following observation about writers and their personal approach to writing:
“An interesting discussion might center around everyone’s comments about being yourself in your poetry. Being honest in your writing and letting the essence of your being be revealed, as opposed to writing as a different personality all together.
I’m not mentioning any names but I keep noticing that some of my fellow writers feel a need to become a different persona. I tried once several years back and found it was impossible to be anybody but the wired man I am.
I am really interested in seeing where my fellow LitKickers stand on this subject.”
In your own writing do you attempt to be as honest as you can be or do you try different voices and personalities to say what you want to say? Going further, do you often see writing as a means to confront and explore your own personal demons or pleasures — or do you find writing to be a means of escape?