Honesty in writing

Wandering ’round the blogosphere, I read an entry from one of my favorite bloggers, Fickle Cattle. Fickle Cattle anonymously blogs about life, love, being gay, and being a writer, among other things.
He had recently written something that struck me: he said that honesty is one of the things that makes for good writing. Now, let me be honest. I don’t say things straight to the point. I hedge, beat around the bush, mince my words. See, I’m doing it right now. God, what’s wrong with me.

My point is (yes, I do have one), I find it hard to be completely honest in my writing. What should I be honest about? My emotionally-damaging past, the guys I like and/or have fallen for, squabbles with my family and friends? How about mean thoughts I’d prefer to keep to myself because it would hurt people’s feelings?
Hell, I can’t even admit my own feelings to myself. I constantly keep up a stream of denial in the hopes that my emotions would disappear.
Maybe someday, when I come completely to terms with who I was, when I’m comfortable enough to show who I am, when I’m emotionally healthy enough to be honest with myself—maybe, I could show a hundred percent honesty in my writing. ’til then, I’m hedging, beating around the bush, and mincing my words.

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.


  • Robbie

    I think it's because when bloggers are truly honest, a lot more can relate to them and wont feel ashamed to leave a comment or two on their blogs. But I think you're a good writer based on this post alone. =)

    And thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. =)

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