|This is a post for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group|
Sorry my post is a day late, but this has been a daunting week. I had to deal with some personal issues that arose with my teenager. Without going into too much detail, when I confronted my son about his behavior, he tried to turn the situation on me. Of course I stopped him cold, but not before he fed me a few snippets from conversations we had over the years. While doing this, I was taken aback by how often he misconstrued what I said. Seriously, his interpretation was totally off the mark.
This experience caused me to wonder whether miscommunication occurred in literature. It certainly exists in e-mail and texts. I can't count the times I misinterpreted the meaning of a message. Since my stories have a moral to them, I suddenly became concerned/insecure about whether or not the readers got what I was trying to say. If this happened, then it would definitely detract from the power of my piece. Although I try to write clearly and concisely, in the end, people see what they want to see.
Do any of you know of a way to keep misinterpretations in writing down to a minimum? If so, I'd be interested to know how you do this. Until next time my friends, happy writing.