Brin Jackson, Fantasy writer & daydreamer

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Reading: Writing is Hard (Or is it?)

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I’m currently reading the book “Wired for Story” by Lisa Cron.  The cover states, “The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence, Wired for Story.” This book is not a quick read. And, it’s an exacting and great read. Shall post more about it in anther post.

Meanwhile, here’s a great blog post from Jeff Goins:

Writing is Hard (Or is it?)

Is writing hard? This is what we really want to know.

I want to be a writer, but is it difficult to actually write? Will I have to do any real work? Will it be easy? Are there any shortcuts?

Let’s ask Mark Twain:

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.

Seems to about sum it up. Writing is easy, so long as we put the time in. So what do we make of this? How do we apply it? We start by telling the truth.

Writing Is Hard

Photo credit: Bing Ramos (Creative Commons)

Tell the Truth:

Someone told me today on the phone a story about a coworker (and friend) who wanted her to lie to her boss.

She refused. She just couldn’t lie like that.

The friend lost her job, and she lost her friend.

Telling the truth has never been more important

The other day at a conference, I heard Seth Godin give this advice to an auditorium of leaders:

“Tell the truth.”

The question was: “How do I innovate within a bureaucracy?”

Godin’s summation was that your situation probably isn’t as terrible as you’re making it out to be. You may not have the freedom to do whatever you want to do, but you have the freedom to do something.

So, start there.

Be honest about the problem

Regardless of what you do, stop lying. Be honest about what is really standing in your way.

Is it your boss, or is it fear?

Is it laziness or Resistance?

Is it them or is it you?

Just tell the truth

Isn’t that usually (correction: always) the right answer?

The question may be, “How do I get a husband?” or “How do I find the right job?”

Or even, “How do I market this product?”

No matter what, the answer is honesty and integrity ultimately win.

This applies to writing

The problem is not always so simple. Neither is the solution.

When you write, tell it like it is. We are all waiting for the truth — and so few writers are telling it.

Write honestly. Write from the heart, your heart. No one else can do that. Above all else, be true.

Don’t write with fluff or exaggerate the details to impress your readers. Be honest. Be yourself.

Write like only you can. Because who else will?

Tell the truth.

What else is there to say that is worth listening to?

How have you seen telling the truth ultimately win?


Author: brindle808

I'm old enough to know better, and young enough to want to learn. I am a reflexologist, fantasy writer and daydreamer.

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