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The spikes and thistles of authentic writing

I was thinking the other day about how authenticity means being human. “Authenticity may mean natural or beautiful. It may mean rooted geographically or morally, but behind all that it means human.” And what does that “being human” mean? It’s us, warts and all. It’s us: complex, difficult, imperfect, amazingly astonishing creatures. It’s the beauty [...]

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Introducing three powerful new voices at Confident Writing

September’s proving to be the month of change all right, and one of the changes I’m making here is to open up the floor to three writers who’ve volunteered to contribute as guest authors.  It’s all part of the September focus on writing with authenticity and knowing the… Continue reading

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Finding the courage to write

Sometimes I’m not sure if authentic writing is easy, or hard.  Maybe it’s both. Sometimes I’d say it’s easy because all you need to do is write what you know: your experience,  your senses, your feelings, your values, your stuff.  There’s no one that can write that better than… Continue reading

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Starting to write with authenticity

Exploring what authenticity means as an introduction to a month long theme.

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Writing with authenticity: the September theme at Confident Writing

“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about” (W H Auden) Authenticity.  The thing that writers should always aim at.  But what is this thing called authenticity?  How do we achieve authentic writing?  How will we know when we’re writing with authenticity? All these [...]

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