Not naked, and not ashamed



Today I’m guest posting for Joy Bennett. Joy and I have had an opportunity to get to know each other a bit better over the past year and I’m honored that she’s offered me a chance to post over at her place, especially since this piece might seem like I’m disagreeing with her (I’m not).

My friend Joy has an amazing post about writing naked. I love her words. I love how raw and honest and gutsy they are. Not just the words in that piece, but so many more. She lives what she preaches and I am grateful for that, both as a writer and a reader.

I really, really want to do that. I want to strip down to my pale white skin on my blog and blind you with ALL of me. All of the beautiful, sexy parts, as well as the blemishes, the scars, the lumpy bits. I want to be able to flip off the critics and just write whatever I want.

And to some degree I do that. There are things I have written that I never thought I could face. Stories about rejection. Stories about the internal struggles in my marriage. Stories about my insecurities. I’ve revealed the parts of me that I embrace and revel in as well as the parts of me that feel unattractive and alienating.

But the truth is, you will never get all of me. I just can’t do it.

Head over to Joy’s site to read the rest.

  • Vicki Scheib

    Hey Alise – I don’t have my own blog so it seems I can’t comment at the others site. So, I thought I’d do so here. I really like the distinctions you made in this post. It really forces one to address issues of shame before revealing the self. To me, that seems to allow one to be more authentic, the true self, it seems. Thanks so much for sharing!