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A is for Anonymity

Updated: Apr 15

As the daughter of a writer, theatre artist, and college professor, I understand the power of storytelling and the importance of imparting wisdom to future generations. I remember my father once telling me that there were stories he wanted to share, but he had to wait until after his parents were gone to tell them. As writers, we are often limited by the need to write what we know, but we must also be mindful of the impact our words can have on others. This is why I believe that waiting for the right moment to share our stories is essential. By doing so, we can ensure that our words are impactful, thought-provoking, and resonate with our audience.

When I first started to pursue writing as something more than a hobby, I had a blog primarily focused on film and theatre. At the same time, social media was starting to take off, and the online community that I had built through my blog morphed into real-life friendships. While I will be forever grateful for the friendships I built through that experience, there was something about the anonymity of that blog that I loved. As my writing career began to take off, so did a persona that was not always permitted to be publicly honest about my experiences.

I hope that through the adoption of an anonymous persona, I can openly share some of the things that I have been through in the last decade. I want to do that with an authentic voice that isn't filtered by fear. Whilst sharing stories about my addiction to alcohol, grieving my father, changing careers, navigating financial hardship, parenting a neurodivergent child, and processing trauma, I hope that you will help me rediscover the joy I once found in writing about my experiences and sharing them.

Sometimes, the best stories emerge from the shadows, where names and faces fade, and words shine.

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Kai V
Kai V
Apr 05

Anonymity is really important for safety - I took on a horror writing pen name because of a traumatic event at Uni, so I absolutely understand the impulse to put on a mask, put up a wall, and stay safe. It feels weird, I know - but you can still be authentic, without being completely exposed, and IMO, if fear is a factor, I do think anonymity is really important. Good luck! Kai

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