A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Casual Fridays: honesty and the "nice girl"

"Say what you mean and be fearless." 

That's some advice from one of my favorite teachers, Natalie Goldberg. I try to hold onto it when I sit down to write something new.

Sometimes I'll be in the middle of a free-flow writing session with my pen firing along, and then I'll write something shocking. Something that makes me stop in my tracks. And I'll feel uncomfortable and squirmy and want to go and put the kettle on, or call my sister, or brush the cat.  

I want to avoid what I've written because what I've said is true. And it's not...nice. 

"If you can't think of anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." How many times have we heard that as kids? 

I'm a pretty good girl. I'm bubbly and pleasant. I ask questions and like to laugh, and I strive to keep the peace. 

But in writing, I can be brutal. I can say things that my "nice girl" wouldn't dare.

And for me that's the way it has to be. Cause I think honesty is electric. And don't I want my writing to be electric too? 

Be fearless this weekend, story makers. See you back here on Monday. 
xo Britt

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