1.18.2007

Nugget #9: Truth

Paper Coach : Teach Yourself to Write Fiction

The acknowledged greats of the literary canon all demand truth, that we "write honestly". It is hard to find a renowned author who hasn't unleashed this imperative on aspiring writers. What does this actually mean, this call to truth? Julia Cameron caught the mechanic behind writing-with-truth and drove it home with a clarity that may authors' witty aphorisms or self-inflated declarations lack.

She writes, "When we are telling the truth about how we feel and what we see, we find very precise language with which to do it. Words do not fail us. When we are disguising to ourselves and to others the exact nature of what we thought or how we felt, our prose goes mushy along with our thinking." - Julia Cameron

I couldn't agree more.

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