This week’s episode: We don’t tell true stories, either fiction or nonfiction, by ignoring or downplaying the negative, ugly, disappointing parts of life.
We all know from experience that life has moments of beauty and grace, but it also, inevitably, has moments of ugliness, hurt, disappointment, and failure.
Those stories can be difficult for the writer: difficult to write, difficult to share, difficult to make public. These were the stories that had laid dormant for years, decades even. Some of them had never been told, except maybe to a psychologist or priest.
We don’t tell true stories, either fiction or nonfiction, by ignoring or downplaying the negative, ugly, disappointing parts of life. If we write and exclude the hard stories of our experience, we are robbing our writing of emotion. Not only for the reader (who will notice this, even if they don’t realize it) but also for us. We will short-circuit our own work. We will lose interest.
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