originally a thought on editing my fiction that was rethought after a discussion in crit class re: authorial intent, intentional fallacy, and psychoanalysis (freudian and lacanian)

I wrote it in my journal after receiving more edits on a short story that I think is going to be really, really good.

Because that is one part of the story that is incredibly autobiographical, and I want it to stay that way. ….I’m not going to have it any other way. Sometimes a girl needs validation in fiction, since she’s not getting it in life. Even if it’s her own fiction. And maybe somewhere along the line, there will be a teen girl who feels a little bit better knowing there’s a character like her out there. I’m willing to bet I’m not the only girl who was like my character in high school.

I’m being intentionally cryptic with the issue this revolves around, because it is something I still have angst over, years after high school. But I’m also willing to bet that I’m not the only writer who feels like sometimes it’s important to write validation.


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