Writing Tip #65

Bare your soul. This tip coincides with today’s commemoration of the annual No Pants Subway Ride — an event in which straphangers nonchalantly strip down to their underwear from the waist down as part of a global practical joke. However, in lieu of riding the subway in your favorite polka-dot boxers, bare your soul in your work instead (or, if you feel so inclined, you can do both). Have your characters reveal truths, innermost thoughts, secrets, the things that the editor in you says, “Oh, no, I can’t write that!” Go ahead: Write it. Rant. Rave. Whisper. Tattle. Accuse. Brag. Confess. These are the kinds of things that make characters relatable, empathic, real. Trust me, if you’re feeling the urge to write it, there’s someone out there who wants — and needs — to read it.

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