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Dad Wants To See My Writing

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,


I'm a creative writing major in college. My father keeps asking me when I am going to let him read my stories. He occasionally pesters me, saying, "I pay for your education, so I should know if my money is being put to good use." I've been refusing him for a year because my best stories are about my gender identity, my sexuality, and my second job as a nude art model, and some stories set my father and mother in a light that I'm sure they wouldn't approve of if they knew. What should I do?

Signed: Dad Wants To See My Writing

Dear Dad Wants To See My Writing,


It sounds like dad is pretty persistent and is going to keep at it until he gets some type of satisfaction. Your writings are personal and you have every right to be selective in whom you share them with.


You are a creative writing major so you dad may just naturally be interested in seeing your work. After all it is easier to show a piece of written work then describe it. You may want to consider writing or sharing a piece where the subject matter is neutral or not so personal. As a writer there is a good chance that at some point you will be asked to write a piece outside your comfort zone. The goal of this would be to make you a better writer and to challenge yourself. Even Edgar Allen Poe wrote some humorous tales.


Try and look for an opportunity where you will have to do so some writing on a topic that you would be comfortable sharing with your dad. Hopefully his intrusions will wind up being a source of pride for him and you.




Signed: TeenHealthFX