How Do I Write With Honest Emotion?

Writing Tip for Today:

Good essays contain the particular rather than the general. In a personal essay, this usually means that the writer presents a story told in scenes, from the “I” voice, with honesty and that transparency we talked about yesterday.

When you draft your essay, it’s a good idea to just write that story in the best way you know, and don’t worry about the “deeper meaning” of the subtext. If you try to insert the subtext consciously, the essay will probably suffer from a forced meaning and symbolism.

The real deeper meaning will emerge as you revise and polish. Be artful about revealing it in your writing. Too much information prevents the reader from discovering the subtext, and feels telly and forced.

  • If you’re having trouble identifying the subtext, dig deeper into your emotions. Don’t hold anything back. The best essays resonate with deep and true emotions.
  • Be sure to schedule a 15-minute complimentary book coaching session via email:  If we begin working together, my eBook—Writing From Life: A Wise Guide to Publishing Your Memoirs—will be yours as part of the coaching package.


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