“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. Sometimes, I feel being brutally honest in writing actually stifles creativity.
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 to. 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. But, you do have to be honest with yourself:
Your goal 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. It’s too easy to read between the lines and try to find double meanings to certain words or phrases.
Sometimes in the editing process, you second guess yourself. You may expound on something that you probably shouldn’t have spent time on. It’s what makes writing such a frustrating craft.
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.
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 and make it less threatening; it doesn’t make it any less true, really. But 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.
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