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Writing Prompt: Exposed

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In Exposed, Ellen Blum Barish describes how she felt when her daughter's writing left her feeling vulnerable and exposed. The experience made Blum Barish more protective of her family, and keen to avoid exposing them through her own writing:

If this was how Emily felt when she read about herself in my columns, then I had no other choice. With my next column deadline nearing, drowning in doubt and guilt, I decided that my children’s mental health was far more important than column inches. There were plenty of other subjects to write about. I had no other option: I would not write about them again.

That theme is also explored in an essay from our archives, written by Cindy La Ferle, and entitled I wish you'd quit writing about me.

Have you ever struggled with the possibility of exposing your children by writing about them? Or do you know how it feels to be the one exposed by someone else's writing?

Submit a 500-word response to this writing prompt by November 15th for feedback from our editors. Email it to LMreflectionsATliterarymamaDOTcom and note "Writing Prompt" in your subject line. We'll publish our favorites on the blog!

Heidi Scrimgeour is a 30-something freelance writer. She hails from England but swapped the bright lights of London for the beautiful Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland, where she lives with her husband and their two rambunctious sons. Since receiving her first rejection letter from a publisher at the tender age of seven, Heidi has been possessed with a determination to one day become a successful novelist. Meanwhile, she writes for a wide range of national newspapers and consumer magazines (, and blogs in a feisty fashion at

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