Posts Tagged ‘truth’

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.


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Definitions for coze – noun [kohz]

  1. a friendly talk; a chat.
  2. to converse in a friendly way.

He would’ve been happy with just a drink, or a coze in her apartment, but when things escalated, who was he to refuse?

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‘Listen up!’ The noise stopped immediately and the students settled. Mr. Mathews pointed a finger at the white-board where he had scribbled in his bold messy fashion, Write What You Know!

‘Most writers would have heard that line in their quest to learn the craft of writing,’ he began, ‘especially fictional writing, and to me there is no other rule that even comes close to challenging that from top spot. Every writer should write what they know or you will never write anything substantial or worth believing.’ He swept his eyes across the room. ‘So, Writer, what do you know?’

A hand shot up. ‘But, Sir …,’ there was a pause as Mr. Mathews located the challenger. The class waited with anticipation. It was, who else but Eager Beaver Ben with a question. He always had questions, and Mr. Mathews would always handle them respectfully, saying that all questions were worthy of a decent answer and the more you questioned, the more you grew.

‘Yes, Ben,’ Mr. Mathews said, a faint smile, barely visible through the scruff of his white beard, curling his lips.

‘Does that mean we can’t write science fiction, fantasy or historical novels?’

‘On the contrary,’ Mr. Mathews countered. ‘Your imagination is your greatest asset in creating work. But your imagination is made up of your experiences and feelings, combined with a touch of magic that is uniquely from you. So, to write well you need to write what you know, and if you are going to write science fiction or historical novels, even if you haven’t been into space or fought in wars, you can always research, do your homework and learn all the facts. If you are going to write fantasy, then know your imagination; know the world you are creating intimately so that what you imagine becomes your reality and what you know. If you are going to write about love, then know what love is.’

‘The only thing we truly know is the experiences that we have lived and learned and the feelings associated with those experiences. It is precisely what readers want to experience. Readers want to believe what you write and want to experience a different life through you and your characters, because the issues we face, fact or fictional, are all relatable in our journey of life.’

‘So live and learn, question and grow, and experience and feel. Writing is ultimately about truth. If you can write your experiences with feeling, the rest is easy … that much I do know. Class dismissed.’

Do you agree with the statement Mr. Mathews’ made?


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A master writer knows that the true skill of writing comes from within—digging through the depths of your mind and body—searching your experiences to find your truth and to reveal it for the benefit of others.

You need to dig up memories, those that have been buried long ago or recently lived. You need to retrieve experiences of yesteryear like your first kiss or that bored stare out the car window on an un-wanted family road trip. You need to capture those details like the cold echo in a doctor’s office when you heard the news, or the first screaming breath of your first-born as you held him, both crying—one loud, the other silent.

You need to relive the emotions of happiness and sadness over your lifetime—a carefree dance during carefree days to your favourite song as it blared through the house; or the responsibility of a trusted secret by a friend to carry forever … or maybe ’til tomorrow; or feelings of unbridled love and passion when you’ve found the one; or the loneliness or sadness of loss … like a rose on a coffin.

People, by nature, are interested in other people. We have a need to relate and experience life with and through others. It helps us grow and evolve. It’s why we fall in love, follow celebrities or fashions, watch certain TV shows, read biographies and works of fiction, have friends and rely on family. It’s those relatable characters that validate our own experiences and feelings, and helps us learn and grow our lives through their experiences.

So, remember that you are the key ingredient for injecting essence and bringing characters and stories to life. Your experiences and feelings can only ever enhance your writing and bring readers closer to you. If you write true, then you will write well. As a writer, your truth is your word and your word lies in the art of digging and revealing—mind craft!

Can you relate to this character’s point of view?


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