I have an MFA in writing (Poetry) and a BA in English, Creative Writing Concentration. I am a published poet (just establishing credentials hoping to earn the right to post).
I wanted to start a new thread to discuss artistic process for those who consider themselves Catholic specifically, though I won’t limit this exclusively to Catholics. Everyone join in, but remember I’m a Catholic and anything you say may make me feel guilty in a court of law.
Are you like me? Do you fear one day your rough drafts will be discovered and your cause for canonization destroyed? Do you feel the f-word is sometimes appropriate? And then someone comes along and says “What if Jesus read that poem? How would you feel then?” We live in the world, but we are called out of the world. As an art student (and a Catholic) I kept my head low. I wrote about my genitalia and was lauded. I wrote about my faith once and sat alone at lunch for months, an outcast, anathama. I wrote and just didn’t care who read it, and then predictably no one cared to read it. Have you ever wrote a sonnet because people were annoyed with your free verse, and then after writing twenty sonnets you suddenly realized why people stopped writing sonnets in the first place?
I titled this post “Do you self-censor?” I think it is a fair question, and yet once I wrote it, I thought this will be the shortest post ever, even shorter than the posts for Ask an Apologist. You have to get the spirit of the question rather than the letter of the question. Did that make sense? God I hope not.
Is this post only for writers? I don’t think so. I don’t think sculptors or painters have these problems, but I could be wrong.