“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.”
What does it mean to be authentic?
But the truth is, being authentic in writing is much easier than people realize. Mainly it requires not so much being flashy, as just being honest, and being a little more aware.
Open your eyes a little wider, look a little closer, and tell the truth in a little more detail. This helps writers express who they really are. Not doing so leads us down the path to cliches, generalities, and, well, hiding behind the superficial, not just in poetry, but in life as well.
One of the main things that the practice of writing poetry can do is help us look more deeply at an object, a person, a place, a love-interest and ourselves to find what is authentic, specific, and unique.
The first step in writing more authentically is not necessarily about being cleverer, or showing off more. It is about probing just an inch or two deeper. Becoming one degree more aware of your surroundings, like a monk or a painter.
Writing may be solitary, but being a writer means making friends with other artists, learning from one another, and trading tips, recommendations and skills.
If you want to learn how to write authentically sign up below for our Free 3-part ecourse, How to Write Authentically.
In this short course I’ll share with you 3 different poems and show you how each of their authors took a cliche subject and used it to find their own, authentic attitude and voice.
I’ll also share with you 3 exercises that will help you start writing, keep writing, and transform your writing to be authentic.
You can sign up for this free e-course using the form below. If you want to ask me any questions, or even share with me what you wrote, email me at Tresha@thepoetrysalon.com.