The Writer’s Itch To Share Their Creative Work #SundayBlogShare #writers #writer


Have you ever had a powerful itch to share something you have created or written…and then post sharing spiralled into writer panic mode?

Perhaps it wasn’t your best work or it was something very different to what you have done before and you were nervous about how it would be received?  Maybe you are like me and just get carried away with the excitement of showing the world your literary wares and then crying about it later?

The itch to share their creative work can vary amongst writers.

Some writers will only experience a tiny itch –  it will take the form of a faint voice in the back of their mind saying “maybe I should share this short story or poem that I have just written?”  After a strong coffee and a deep breath these sensible writers will dismiss the urge to share and go back to their creative work.

At the other end of the spectrum there will be some writers who will be itching to share their work. They are an excitable bunch and the itch to share never leaves them. It will take the form of a loud booming voice inside their head barking “I MUST SHARE MY PIECE OF FLASH FICTION ASAP!”

The only way to stop this tortuous itch is to press ‘publish’ and watch your piece of literary art go flying off into the literary universe.

Here are the tell-tale signs that a writer is suffering from this special kind of itch…

  1. The writer will be staring at their short story or poem whilst saying things like “I just want to get it out there!” and “I can’t keep something like this to myself!”
  2. The writer will find it hard to concentrate or sit still. This restlessness will only go away once they have shared their latest creation.
  3. Watch out for key phrases from the writer such as “someone somewhere in the world will like it…it’s a big planet you know!” and “I feel like the universe is urging me to share the contents of my Word document!”
  4. The writer will be seen pacing up and down the room with a troubled look on their face.
  5. The writer will feel a rising sensation inside them and the voice will start to chant “SHARE IT NOW!”
  6. The writer will be seen making a mad dash into Writing Corner with a look of glee on their face.
  7. As the writer hits ‘publish’ they will have a crazed manic expression on their face and be muttering things like “must get this flash fiction out!” and “the voices will stop once I share this podcast with iTunes!”
  8. The writer will make out their sharing urges were due to them being controlled by some some greater force. This will be reflected in phrases like I don’t know what came over me!” and “that was weird…couldn’t stop myself from pressing publish!”
  9. Huge waves of relief will wash over the writer once their creative work has been shared with the world. They will say things like “I can rest now!” and “my work here is done!”
  10. For some writers these euphoric feelings will quickly be replaced with a look of terror, a piercing scream, a hand clutching at the chest and a screech…”WTF HAVE I DONE???” and “WHY DO I LOSE ALL SELF CONTROL WITH MY WRITING?” They will turn around to shocked loved ones and ask “why the hell didn’t you stop me from publishing that half baked piece of flash fiction?”  Loved ones will shrug and say “you told us you were going to be the next J.K. Rowling!” Cue the writer’s emotional breakdown culminating in large chocolate chunks being shoved into their mouth. Little do they know but the itch to share will creep up on them again..soon.

Keep sharing your work writers!

We were put on this planet to make the world a better place.

Have a fabulous day!


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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

46 thoughts on “The Writer’s Itch To Share Their Creative Work #SundayBlogShare #writers #writer

  1. I share much of my poetry on WordPress due to my wish that it reach as wide an audience as possible. We all, I think fear it will sink like a led balloon, but that is a risk one takes when pressing that Publish button! Kevin

  2. Sometimes just reading it to your kids, or half asleep partner, or even your long suffering pets doesn’t cut it…. You just have to hit Publish!!!! All feedback is good if it helps you 😊 (and if you don’t agree, you know you’re just gonna ignore it lol!!!!)

  3. Lol I get this. I’ve had to train myself not to do it after having shares a few first drafts that were most definitely NOT up to scratch to share. I got burnt. I cried. Now I only share edited stuff! 😂 Loved this post

  4. I do get that itch, but I also get such a rush of adrenaline when I hit that “Publish” button. I put myself out there, and so far, I haven’t been burned for it. But, I do blog anonymously…so, it’s a bit easier to be brutally honest. Nice post. Happy Sunday to you. 💘

  5. Yes, the urge to share, whether it be a blog post, or a comment on a blog post that you regret shortly after you hit send and then can’t take back. I’m very glad you give in to your urge to share!

  6. Hi Lucy 🙂 I found you over at the Blog Pitch Party and thought I’d come say HI! This is a great article that I can totally relate with, nicely done – and nice to meet you!!

  7. It’s Tania stopping by from the Blog Pitch Party and lol, you nailed what goes on when I publish when in doubt! Great post.

  8. I have those urges when it comes to short stories. A goal I have for my blog is to publish and share my short stories. Nowadays, I question whether I should. I have some pieces on my blog, but I haven’t received a praise or a critique. I wonder if people really notice. I heard somewhere that short story posts don’t attract an audience as much as a post about something relevant to them. It shouldn’t stop me from writing and publishing them, but if no one’s going to give me feedback on them, then why bother?

  9. Lol – another great piece. Like you, I’m a premature sharer. Like you, I also used to be a post-sharing regretter. I’ve now learned it doesn’t really matter: turns out that those who enjoy my writing also enjoy reading early drafts, while those who don’t care about it (or, most often, haven’t even heard of me), will continue to do so 🙂

    1. Why didn’t I think of that phrase – premature sharer? 😂 Amazing phrase! On Saturday’s post Geoff Le Pard said you were ‘quality’ – this comment proves that – sigh!

  10. Popping (almost typed pooping, oops) over from Modern Philosopher. I’ve always loved creating, whether it be art in various forms, writing, and various other mediums. It wasn’t really until I joined the social media scene that I really garnered the desire to share. On more than one occassion I have pushed that blue publish button before the post was properly finished (once I pushed it beore I had even finished writing it!). Got the itch again… gotta go write!

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