by Phoenix A. Desertsong, Staff Writer, Healer & Advocate
“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.” – Tennessee Williams
What makes honest writing? I try to be as honest as possible when I set to write anything. It’s just not always easy.
The idea of being so honest in writing that it becomes inseparable from the author who penned it is sort of an ultimate goal for all writers. The trick is to be honest, but not absolutely exhaustive in that honesty. You give away a little at a time. That’s what can make writing so therapeutic.
But, when being honest, you do have to decide when it’s too much. There’s letting things off your chest, and then there’s saying too much. It’s not always easy to put things as succinctly as you may want.
You don't want to rant aimlessly. After all, if you're writing, you're trying to organize thoughts and get something out of them. Yes, you do have to be honest with yourself. But when you actually put something out there, you want to spin it as positively as possible. Make it so that someone can take something away from your writing.
Your goal with writing may not to be delicate or succinct at all. Still, it's often difficult to say what you mean to say without somehow saying something you didn't mean. It’s too easy to read between the lines. There are people who try to find double meanings to certain words or phrases. Sometimes, it’s completely unintentional
Then, at times, in the editing process, you’ll second guess yourself. You may expound on something that you probably shouldn’t have. It’s what makes writing such a frustrating craft, finding exactly how to express something. When you’re dealing with difficult ideas or situations, it’s especially difficult.
For those minds as busy and often overloaded as mine, it’s a sort of necessity to be just a little honest with a thing or two. You can dress it up a bit to make it a bit more interesting and valuable to the reader. It doesn’t make it any less true to do this, really. After all, having a few secrets has to be healthy, right?
Writers seem to have more reason to be mysterious than most. The more mysteries the author has, the more material to be used in the craft. That’s how I like to look at it.
~ Phoenix <3
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