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Telling the Truth About your Life

Telling the Truth About your Life

In a world where we are constantly being bombarded with subtle—and not so subtle—messages about who we ought to be, it is a bold statement to take a stand for personal truth and authenticity.

The telling of your stories is a revolutionary act.

—Sam Keen, Writer

One of the most transformative statements an individual can make is to tell his/her story with honesty and objectivity. At its best, this is what a memoir is—a statement that declares “this is who I am, who I think of myself as being.”

Lest you think that telling the truth is only about revealing scandals and unmasking abuses, let me assure you that it is more often about smaller issues, issues more within the realm of the everyday experience. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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2 Responses to Telling the Truth About your Life

  1. Linda Visman - wangiwriter July 4, 2017 at 6:30 AM #

    An excellent entry Denis and one I agree with entirely.
    Those stories that may reduce our respect or acceptance withing the norms of an unforgiving society can be extremely difficult to write. Those things that happened to us that were outside our control that we need to face can be just as daunting. I have written some of these and I have found it to be very therapeutic. It is best to write them for yourself at first and, as you reach acceptance of your self and your experiences, you will find it easier to share with others.

  2. Karen Douglass July 4, 2017 at 6:48 AM #

    Denis, this issue is at the heart of memoir. When I was writing Green Rider, Thinking Horse, I wrestled with the truth about horse racing and the training these animals are subjected to. I was challenged to be truthful without being hurtful. I hope I did it, but there is a difference, isn’t there, between memoir and expose.

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