Be Honest, Be Accurate

Muse at 11, Writing

In one of his books, Stephen King describes a “purring fart that sounded like ripping cloth.”

When I first read that, my genteel side reacted–Whoa!  Gross!  No thanks!  But a second later my mind’s eye (or ear, I guess) reported back:  “Nope.  He’s right.  That’s what it sounded like.”

This is another thing that can be tricky about writing whatever shows up.  Sometimes what shows up is weird.  Or gross.  Or cheesy.  Or nonsensical.

Nevertheless, if you want your writing to really transport your reader to the scene that’s playing within your mind, you have to report what shows up accurately.  If you gloss over details (even the gnarly ones), you’re cheating your reader.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. — Exodus 20:16

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