Witness Protection Program

If you could enter the witness protection program (wpp  because it’s shorter to type) and assume a totally new life, would you do it? Keep in mind, it means leaving everything behind. All your friends, family, co-workers, blog friends, twitter friends, facebook, and other social media place you have a presence. All new numbers to remember, social security, phone number, birthdate, address, credit cards, drivers license, library card. But you’d also leave behind all your past hurts, heartaches, mistakes, and any other foolish thing you’ve done in your life. So with all that to consider would you still enter the wpp?

Or perhaps you don’t want an entirely new life, you just want to run away for a while? Where would you go, what would you do? How long would you stay away for? Would you stay in touch with those you left behind?

One of the things I like about writing, and reading good writers, is they allow you to escape your everyday life and live in someone else’s world for a little while. I hope to be able to achieve that in my writing as well.

But for now I am filled with more questions, than answers. So I will return to my writing world and see what I find there.



  1. A lot of my fiction writing comes from a desire to get away from my real life for a while. Immerse myself in a new world. It’s kind of like the WPP.

    So yeah, I’m down with WPP. Yeah, you know me.

  2. I think that’s one of the reasons I love to read so much, losing myself in another world. Sometimes I have to be careful otherwise I can lose an entire day lost in a book, then nothing else gets done. I hope to achieve that with the story I’m trying to get out of my head and on to paper (or the computer screen as it were).

  3. I think everyone feels that way at some points during their life…to be able to run away and just forget even for a little while. I think all writers want to have that kind of affect on their readers. The stories in our heads are so real for us that we hope we have enough skill and talent to allow others to experience what we’re experiencing.

  4. yeeeesh!!! This is quite a question, Michelle. I’d have to say no. I would’ve said yes when we were in seminary (one of the safest places I’ve ever lived, Mind you.) But not now. Now things are good.

    And, I also find escape in books. Memoirs. Because I still am a fan of reality, but some people’s reality really is stranger than fiction.

    (That last one might be the worst sentence I’ve ever written. I’m going to leave it unedited for your enjoyment.)

  5. No way would I want to enter the wwp! I treasure all the people I know, have known and will get to know and would miss out on how they fill my life.

  6. my answer would be a definite NO. i find that i can easily escape when i need to just be going into my fantasy world which i created many many years ago. it helps me survive in my life which is not always the way i wish it to be.

  7. Great post.
    My life is kind of like a half WPP. It’s a funny feeling… a bit surreal… not so bad to start over… not so good some times… some times it’s like living in a foreign film with no sub titles…. in my own head I make up what I think people are saying a lot. LOL!

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