a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I guess I think of perzines more from a reader's perspective than from a writer's perspective. I have read perzines before where I felt as if I were reading someone's diary, and I wondered why they were putting such info out into the world. However, when the writing is good, I don't care how personal the info is. I'll read anything if it's well-written. So usually when I think something is "too personal" and should have stayed in the writer's journal, I think my critique is really that the writing is not so good, not very polished. In a lot of zines I've read (especially perzines), it seems as if the writer just flopped her/his/hir first draft on the page without bothering to revise and improve.
Time and distance seems to help me feel more comfortable printing something that is very personal. Some things that I could not imagine publishing when I was in the thick of them, years later just seem like a funny story.
sandy said:yes, definitely. it's satisfying enough to get something out on paper, even if it's not shareable. i used to feel obliged to share everything i wrote, but since giving that up, i've felt much better about the things i've written, and more able to decide on what's 'fit enough' to send out.
Good call. It can be tempting to print things straight out of your journal, but zines need more editing and processing than that. While it may be important to write down certain things for yourself, every little detail is likely not going to be very interesting for readers. I love personal zines, and I've made many, but I don't like photocopies/unedited text directly out of a person's journal. It makes a zine feel like it's made up of a lot of filler.
I printed my first zine in 6+ years this week and it is very, VERY personal! It's a memoir type zine, recounting falling in love with my boyfriend, his cancer diagnosis and how I have dealt with it.
I have had some cold feet about printing it because there is one vignette that is essentially a sex scene. There's a lot of personal information about my boyfriend as well. I was adamant with myself about making him read it and give me the OK before printing it and sending it out there because even though it's from my perspective, it's not just about me. Luckily he gave me the go-ahead and even wanted to send parts of it to his friends because he liked it so much. I really love and respect him for that because not a lot of people would be okay with such intimate details of their life being put out there.
My dad keeps asking to read my zine, but I told him there's no way he's getting it from me. At least not while I'm 23. I am a little wary of the fact that he might seek it out and then get all freaked out about the sex scene or other sexual bits, but what can ya do?