If we become honest in our talking and dealing with people, if we go deep and tell the genuine truth, will that carry over to our writing? And will we then go deep and become authentic in our writing?
The temptation is to not go where it hurts. The temptation is to lie in order to resist the painful truth.
I recently read Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron and The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Both of these authors went deep in their writing and the resulting books are genuine, authentic and fabulous reads. . . where the characters and their problems deeply touched me. Rachael and Meg did not resist writing about painful truths.
How about you? Can you recommend books that deeply touched you? What other authors go deep in their writing? I can think of Jodi Piccoult. Your turn.
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