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Writers Tip #37: Don’t be Afraid to Tell the Truth

writers resourcesWhen you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today’s tip: Don’t Fear the Truth in Your Writing

I don’t read a lot of Erica Jong, but she hit this one right:

Jong admonishes aspiring writers not to expect approval for telling the truth, reminding them of Dante, Voltaire, Cervantes, and Swift. Then she adds: “Few are the great spirits who did not at one time or another write in jail, in exile, in the madhouse, or at the foot of the gallows.”

To be a unique writer, we must not be afraid to tell the truth as we see it. Many will disagree, but it’ll start the conversation. Who knows what happens then?

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4 thoughts on “Writers Tip #37: Don’t be Afraid to Tell the Truth

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  3. I’m so used to a PC life, it’s hard to unshackle my voice. I’m trying to in my latest novel. Did you speak freely in The Truth About Cinammon or Separation of Faith?


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