If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this post was inspired by the #weekendcoffeeshare and though it’s not technically the weekend yet, we’re almost there. And we ARE on Day 7 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words #6 – the last day! Today’s prompt ‘If we were having coffee…’ is for me a reminder to write more personally and authentically, no matter what the subject. How to write authentically is an ongoing study for me, so I’m sharing what I’ve realized up to this point.
The Weekend Coffee Share is a weekend link-up for posts that imagine the blogger is having coffee and a chat–usually starting with the phrase “if we were having coffee.”
How To Write Authentically
When I first started blogging, I was quite careful of what I wrote. So careful that I ended up
writing sharing other people’s thoughts and reflections. It was only slowly, and with a lot of encouragement from my husband, that I began to share more deeply and more personally. But then, I erred on the other side, often bringing my offline wars online! Now I write about issues personally, yet more sensibly.
Don’t embellish stories, especially personal ones in such a way that you always come off as being a hero, a victim, etc. If you write truthfully, readers are much more likely to believe the story.
Write how you Speak
Use simple, every day words. Write to express, not impress. A conversational tone helps to keep reader interest.
Write with Emotion
“Write straight into the emotional center of things,” writes Lamott in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life “Write toward vulnerability. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry about being absent or fraudulent.”
Nothing captures reader attention like emotions. Don’t worry about bearing your soul. Write so that your words resonate with your readers.
Write with Intent
Marion Roach Smith, the author of the fabulous little book The Memoir Project, says, “Whether your goal is a letter home, a blog post, an essay, or book, you must stop rehearsing and learn to write with intent.” Think of what is it that you want to say by writing a piece.
Write Your Story
In a scene from the movie City Slickers, Curly and Mitch have a conversation as they ride their horses side by side. Here is how the dialogue goes:
Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [holds up one finger]
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.
Mitch: But, what is the one thing?
Curly: [smiles] That’s what YOU have to find out.
Ask yourself what your story is about? What is your “one thing” you must share with your readers?
Writing authentically is all about writing bravely.
It’s been a great 7 days of writing bravely. Thank you for journeying with us! Stay true to you. Write bravely, every day!
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