It’s easy to fall into the trap of playing it safe when we write. We want people to like us and our work. Yet by watering down our beliefs or experiences, we often leave out the vital details that bring our writing alive. If you want to write well, you have to get real. And that goes for fiction writers, too.
So how do we know when we’re writing from a place of deep truth––or not?
• Writing in generalities?
• Skimming the surface?
• Not taking time to go deep?
• Using humor inappropriately?
• Worrying about what others will think of you?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you’re probably still stuck playing it safe.
• Finding your heart beats faster as you write?
• Discovering more about yourself and what you believe?
• Becoming uncomfortable and downright scared in places?
• Experiencing a sense of excitement, as if you were engaged in an adventure?
• Feeling as if you’re channeling?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you’re writing with courage and honesty. Congratulations!