True 12 October 2016

True: ‘in accordance with fact or reality; accurate or exact; bring (an object, wheel, or other construction) into the exact shape, alignment, or position required; loyal or faithful; steadfast.’ (Webster)

The Greek word for “truth” is aletheia, which literally means to “un-hide” or “hiding nothing.” It conveys the thought that truth is always there, always open and available for all to see, with nothing being hidden or obscured. The Hebrew word for “truth” is emeth, which means “firmness,” “constancy” and “duration.” Such a definition implies an everlasting substance and something that can be relied upon. (got

Truth is there in vulnerability. Truth is not so common because it is a difficult thing to

‘hide nothing.’ How is writing true? I’m not exactly sure, but I think it has to do with a couple different elements:

Write straightforwardly, without pretense. Write from who you are. Write exactly to bring setting and characters into alignment. Write with faithfulness. Write steadfastly. Write exactly without so much need for adjectives and adverbs.

Be loyal to the story. Be firm with your characters. Find your true voice and don’t shy away from it. Stop making excuses. Writing is work. Writing can be true. Write with conviction. Write without hiding from reality. Write without sensationalizing. But in the end, write.

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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