On Being an Honest Writer

On Being an Honest Writer

Writing is a courageous act. Whether we are journaling or crafting a memoir or doing some other form of personal writing, we must be willing to tell the truth about what we experience, what we feel, and how we see the world, which goes beyond just the facts.

On Being an Honest WriterTelling the Truth vs. Stating the Facts is a Creative Writing Kit that will show you how to do this through:

  • Examining the difference between truth and facts in writing
  • Looking at what can get in the way of telling the truth
  • Exploring methods of writing with emotional honesty
  • Suggesting ways of dealing with material that may be hurtful to others
  • Offering ideas for taking more risks in writing

The suggestions, exercises, guidelines, tips, and quotes from master writers included in this On Being an Honest Writer – Creative Writing Kit will guide you along the way to deeper, more layered writing.

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One thing is certain, “Just the facts, ma’am” is seldom all the truth and being honest doesn’t have to do with just writing the facts; it goes much deeper than that.

This On Being an Honest Writer—Telling the Truth vs. Stating the Facts Creative Writing Kit and Journaling Tool will help you go beneath “just the facts” and write with emotional honesty that will result in a deeper, more layered truth.

With the aid of tips from master writers, exercises, prompts and guidelines, you’ll discover how bringing emotional honesty will help you tell the story that wants to be told including the following:

  • how turning real life into fiction can tell a truer truth
  • that a certain amount of reshaping can create a deeper emotional truth
  • the “telling details” beneath “just the facts” can reveal the deeper story
  • releasing the idea of journalistic objectivity in memoir or personal narrative writing

In addition, this tool offers a checklist of nineteen ways writers may be avoiding writing the truth that they may not be aware of and offers concrete methods of maneuvering around these bumps in the road.

Let On Being an Honest Writer—Telling the Truth vs. Stating the Facts be your companion as you join the company of courageous writers who took heart, took up their pen and wrote the stories to world longs to hear.

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Judy Reeves

Judy Reeves is a writer and teacher who has published four books on writing, including the award-winning A Writer’s Book of Days, and, most recently, Wild Women, Wild Voices. Her work has appeared in the San Diego Reader, The Frozen Moment, A Year in Ink, Connotations Press, Serving House Journal, Waymark, and Expressive Writing, Classroom and Community, and other journals and anthologies. She teaches at writing conferences internationally and at San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit literary center she co-founded. Current writing project: a memoir based on an around-the-world trip she took many years ago.

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