Vulnerable, Honest – Revealing the Heart in Writing

honesty in chinese

The more I write, the more is revealed to me of who I am. Even as I create fictional characters, there is always an aspect of truth to them, and truth to the story. My experiences help me to chisel out events, scenes, and character traits.

In the past few weeks of revising, once again, my novel, Passage of Promise, as I run it through my online critique group, I’ve realized the importance of being honest. Being honest with myself on who I really am, what I truly need to write. Because it comes from a deep, vulnerable place in my heart.

I need to write truthfully, honestly, from the depths of my soul. Writing to please others for which I think they’d be most interested in at this moment in time, will not sustain the timelessness of my story, nor be completely genuine. It won’t make me feel satisfied with what I’ve produced.

mother teresa quote on honesty

It won’t be completely ME, coming solely from my heart, my imagination, my experiences, and my unique voice. All writers possess these. And we should strive to type/write these indelible marks of ourselves on the pages of our stories.

Be courageous. Be honest. Be vulnerable. Be Yourself. And let it sparkle within the words of your fictional works.





6 thoughts on “Vulnerable, Honest – Revealing the Heart in Writing

    1. Hi, Paola. πŸ™‚ You are right. It affects blog writing as well. I think I’m figuring that out. But first, the epiphany came for writing my novel. Although, it’s not a “new” one. I started it in late 2014 and finished it in 2016 and have been revising it since then. lol πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!


    1. True, but this was about what I write in my fiction stories. πŸ™‚ The more I have been working on my revisions, the more I’ve realized the direction I want the story to go and the goal of my main character, and I need to be honest to the depth of vulnerability to make my work genuine. This is the discovery I’ve made in the past couple of weeks. πŸ™‚ However, this can, of course, also apply to blogging.


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