Speak and Write Your Truth

Speak and write your Truth

photo courtesy of Kriss Szkurlatowski; 12frames.eu

I was touched by a quote shared on social media that has stuck with me for over a week. Sure sign I need to mention it, so here it is:

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” ~ Anne Lamont

Tell your stories. They should have behaved better. Hard hitting words about speaking and writing your Truth. But, how often, as writers, do we hold back? Is there value in pulling back the curtain, letting go of the filter, and being brutally honest? I think so.

Let’s take this a step further. If radical honesty is good for the writing process, is it good for your promotion process too? Maybe…if you do it with the same intent and intensity.

Being a hard hitting, truth telling writer like Anne Lamott yet holding back in your tweets and blog posts – or worse yet, letting an assistant or publicist create sanitized, watered down garbage that’s posted on your behalf so as not to “offend people” – doesn’t seem rational. But, it’s exactly what many writers do when they begin to use the new media tools to promote themselves.

For the record, watered down social media is NOT what Anne does. She fully leverages the medium to broadcast her style and express herself. What better honor to your readers than to give them a bird’s eye view into the real you? Not only will you likely have more fun with it, but it’s a sampler, a peek into what to expect when they buy your books.

Promotion is not the antithesis of self-expression, but rather the continuation of it. Selling your work does not force a leap from honesty to schmaltz, no matter how ill-behaved most marketers are about doing that. You don’t have to. You can do better than forced,  hyperbolic, and non-aligned crap.

The secret? Just keep being who you are through the entire process. Use your blogging, social media, and interviews to deepen your brand, which is nothing more than your audience’s understanding of who you are. Toning it down is for wussies.

So, are you willing to be honest and real in your writing? How about in your marketing? Shout out how you feel in the comments section below!

Keep Writing!

Vicki @Smartwoman Flaugher

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