This a great piece on staying true to oneself Michelle.
Having Just finished the first year of an MFA program, this is something our professors keep reminding us to do. And when we write outside of what they might consider our own authenticity, or true voice, they make sure we know it every time. It can be difficult to hear, at times, but it’s true.
The best writing comes from inside. From the places we sometimes, don’t want to go. Not when we are trying to emulate another writers style or tone, even if it’s one we have long admired!
The Being True to Yourself Series, is a result of personal observations and experiences. I’ll also be featuring guest bloggers to share their perspectives and experiences.
Authentic means being true to who you are. Genuine. It means not allowing a spin doctor, campaign manager, copywriter or another well-meaning advisor to change your way of speaking or behaving. Certainly there is a need to gain poise and polish, but this does not need to mean a loss of authenticity.
That is not to say we don’t evolve and change over time. Of course, we do! It’s part of life and the experiences we go through shape us as individuals. Some of us are very fortunate to have great role models and mentors come into our lives naturally. They help us evolve. I am lucky to have had some wonderful influences, from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds in both my…
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