I Write Naked
By the time you leave here, fellow writers, you’ll be writing naked, or discover you always did.
Many writers fail to reach their readers because they write fully clothed. They come out with fanciful plots and complicated character development. They sin with flowery prose and use words you have to look up in the dictionary. I don’t believe they do to impress their readers, but to keep them at arm’s length. They’re afraid. Afraid to bare their souls and inject themselves into their work.
When I’m asked in interviews why I do write, I answer that’s because there’s a story inside me that kicks and pushes to be written. But having that story inside you doesn’t make you a writer. How you tell that story does. Writing is like having an open wound that never heals and the story oozes out of it; it should not be a pleasant look.
A writer has to tell the story through his heart, with honesty. The writer has to be naked, for so to say, and the readers have to see the man (or woman). Writing needs to feel like walking naked on Main Street.
“Don’t simply tell me that faith saves you, tell me how it almost failed you, too. Don’t tell me about love, speak of your passion. Don’t tell me you’re hurt, let me see your heart breaking. I don’t want to see your talent on the page, I want to see your blood. Dare to be naked before your readers because that’s writing, and everything else is worthless crap.” – Anonymous teacher at a creative writing class.
I swear by that.
Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – PG-13