Your most moving pieces are those in which you share your heart.Authentic writing. But the call to write authentically may make us anxious, especially if we write for publication.
We don't have to bare our souls to write authentically. Being authentic in our writing doesn't mean we must always tell our life story. We can write under an assumed name. We can write fiction and still be authentic.
- My life on the page?
- My heart laid bare for all to see?
- What will this or that person think?
- Will readers like the real me?
Authenticity in our writing comes from being comfortable with and confident in who we are in all our imperfections and without excuse or apology. Authenticity in our writing is a natural out-flow from a life lived in honour of that truth. Then in whatever genre we take our writing, our authentic selves encased in our individual passions will be evident and will resonate with readers.
Authenticity in our writing is not only putting our lives on the stage and under the glare of the publishing spotlight. It is writing honestly and passionately against the backdrop of who we truly are, whenever and whatever we write and whether we write in our journals or for publication. It is not putting our business out there but opening our hearts and letting our feelings and our passions touch and influence the topics we spend time journaling about or crafting into feature articles, columns, blog posts and books.
Our best work comes from that place of authenticity when something of our soul is poured out onto the page.Read BJ's full post on this topic at Enriched by Words where she shares her thoughts about living with authenticity and transparency.
~ BJ Keltz