Having memory problems one needs to consider many things. For one, it is impossible to keep things straight in your mind. That being said, tell the truth. Telling a lie creates more lies to be told to cover the first. We’ve all heard that before, but it is true. At some point you will be asked something about that lie, and you will need to make a decision to continue with it or to be honest.
Writing is a practice in honesty. That sounds unusual for a storytelling art form. What I mean by honesty is honesty to the story, characters and the readers. I’ve written novels where I intended for one character to be one of the likable ones. But for some reason she didn’t want to let me make her that way. I tried, failed, and decided to go with her being one of those annoying types that you want to like but can’t find it in your heart to do it.
But honesty goes with life as well. I teach my boy “B” that as well. Either speak the truth or don’t speak. It’s amazing how many times a person speaks when they don’t need to. I’m not certain he is learning this little bit of advice yet, but I keep working on it. He is only 11. But he does speak the truth. Almost to a fault. Sometimes when your dad makes you Cookie Crisp cereal with Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies instead of the cereal itself, since we don’t buy sugary cereal, he somehow thinks he has to confess this fact to everyone.
This has been written in response to the #BeWoW (Be Wonderful on Wednesday share hosted by me, and the Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen Chesebro of SilverThreading.com. You can find Colleen’s post at the link above, click on her post for 9/23 and either ping back to it or copy and paste your link in the comments of the post to share with others participating and reading.
Ronovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer though his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.
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