Saturday, April 23, 2011

T is for Truth

Remember those phony peeps in high school? You could always tell. I don't know who they thought they were fooling? Themselves, I guess.

Truth plays a big part in my WIP. It's the main motivation of my villain, and the more I develop her throughout the story, the more I realize how much knowing, or not knowing, the truth can really affect someone.

Remember The X Files? "The truth is out there."

I love that. You can apply it to anything. The truth IS out there, but how bad do you want it? Sometimes we have to dig for it.

"Not being known, doesn't stop the truth from being true."

Another one of my fave quotes. We can pull the wool over eyes all we want, but the truth remains.

"And the truth shall set you free..."

This one's from the Bible. And couldn't be more necessary in any healing process. I've held onto lies before because I wanted to believe them. But that's all it is, lies. The weight that's lifted from your shoulders when you accept the truth, is astounding.

"To thine own self be true."  William Shakespeare

Could there be any more profound quote? Seriously, if we can't be true to ourselves, we're doomed to a life of trying to make others happy. I  think this applies in writing so so much. Why? Because it's so easy to get preoccupied with writing for the trends. Somehow we get these ideas in our heads that we can make lots of money with a trendy idea, or at the very least, get published.
But is that what we write for? Or is it because inside us, we have a story to tell? And because we adore the written word, and piecing words together in sentences that just flow and evoke feeling.

That's the bottom line of my post today: staying true. If vampires are your passion, but the market is fully saturated and no one wants them, who cares? Stay true to yourself. The market will come back around. Just like those bad 70s bell bottoms came back around. (Yep, I had some. Loved them.) The important thing is that we stay true to ourselves.

Okay, sorry if this post came off preachy. I didn't mean it that way. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and I'm way behind in blog visits since the kids are out of school for Spring Break, but I'll be catching up with you over the next few days. If you celebrate Easter, Happy Easter weekend! My kids have a big hunt today, so I'll be away from my computer, yet again.

On a very positive note, I'm celebrating! I just finished the first draft of my MG fantasy story. I wrote the whole thing in a month (my own personal NaNo) by pounding out chapters for 2-3 hours every morning. Of course, now the real work comes with revising the mess I've made. ;)

Do you have any favorite quotes in truth? What lessons have you learned from staying true? Please share....

34 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A good subject for the letter T.
Being true comes easy to me I was brought up that honesty is the best policy,
Whilst married I was true to my husband for the 35 yrs we were together, being truen means you have nothing to hide from anyone,

Happy Easter.
Yvonne.

mooderino said...

Tru dat.

Does that count?

Dawn Kurtagich said...

True, true, true. A friend of mine likes to say: Liars - when they speak the truth are not believed. He says it a lot. And it's true. :)

Jessica Bell said...

The biggest lesson I learned was to be true to myself when writing. I tried for too long to write what I thought people wanted to read in a specific genre, but it wasn't me. And as soon as I decided to write for me, I got a publishing contract. So many authors say that you need to write for an audience in this business, but I beg to differ. If honesty shines through in your writing, your audience will come to you.

Mary said...

Great post, and excellent reminder to stay true to ourselves.

Congrats on finishing your first draft! I'm sure it's better than you think and your revisions will go well.

Happy Easter, and happy hunting!

Old Kitty said...

Congratulations on finishing your first draft of your fantasy story!!!! Yay for you!!! What a brilliant way to start your Easter!! Fantastic!

Great post too! Having integrity and keeping it is so important! Take care
x

Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft... YAY!

HAPPY EASTER, PK!

Carole Anne Carr said...

Well done with your fantasy story. Great to reach that moment.

Sophia Richardson said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft, PK, and good luck with the revision process!
- Sophia.

Barbara Kloss said...

I loved this post! And your quote by William Shakespeare is something I need to keep telling myself right now. With everything floating out there about this agent wanting this or that agent wanting that, it's easy to alter your course to try to fit "their" desires. It's like chasing rainbows.

Awesome job on finished your ms in a month! *wipes brow* And...Happy Easter!

Lisa Gail Green said...

I <33 this post! I fully agree that we should be true to our passion. That doesn't mean we can't grow and expand, but rather that we should examine what we love about, say vampires, and try to use that in other ways.

Truth is a great theme for a book! :D Good luck with your revisions.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Excellent topic for today. (And I really dig the X-Files quote.)
Science fiction was supposedly 'dead' when I was first writing my book. And then the more tech science fiction took off. I stuck to my guns and stayed true to me, though. And it still worked out in the end.

James Garcia Jr said...

Great post, PK. It was the kind of writing that gave one many things to think about. I have little to add to the great quotes that you used. And I don't think you were being preachy at all.
Happy Easter to you and yours,

-Jimmy

N4M3L3SS said...

very cool [post, its good to be true to each other i like this (:

LTM said...

Awesome quotes, and awesome post! You're so right about being true in our writing and not chasing trends. For me staying true also involves not getting caught up on how the message will be received. Too long to explain, but I think it's also important to stay true to where the characters are going and what they face.

Favorite quote? You got mine w/"you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free"~ :D <3

Catherine Stine said...

Yes, stay true, honest , raw.
Congrats on finishing the draft. I am so close to finishing one myself, and my excitement is building.
BTW, I still love bellbottoms. My fave pair had brown and black pinstripes.

McKenzie McCann said...

Hmm, wise words today. "Who cares? Stay true to yourself. The market will come back around." I love that. It's very true.

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Jennifer Jackson said...

I'm glad you got your first draft done! I like writing first drafts than finishing second ones, let me tell you. LOL

Some people would rather not know the truth about things, though. It all depends who you are and what you want to know the truth about.

mgudlewski said...

This is a really good topic. It never hurts to be reminded of what's important. Congratulations on your first draft!

fOIS In The City said...

Great news about finishing your draft. Love this post. Love this whole series.

Okay, from a movie and from Jack ... "You can't handle the truth!"

erica and christy said...

Wow, I can't believe you're done with it!! YAY!! Wishing you super loads of luck and I'll definitely help if you need some!
erica

Trisha said...

I totally agree that just because WE don't know the truth, doesn't mean it's not out there, just sitting around being true. :D

Carla said...

Hey...I (still) love those 70s bell bottoms! ;) Have fun editing!

Carla

A. S. Andrews said...

Stopping by for the first time - great post on T! Congratulations on finishing your manuscript!

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Raquel Byrnes said...

Staying true...sage advice. Especially to writers. =) Happy Easter!

Rachel Morgan said...

Wow, a whole novel in a month! Go you! What's the word count of the first draft?
And staying true to yourself and what you want to write is good advice.

Robyn Campbell said...

Congrads on finishing that draft. Wicked!

The Truth is heavy, therefore few care to carry it. . :-)

Melissa Bradley said...

Congrats on finishing your draft. Now I'm inspired to work harder on the WIP that's been troubling me. Thanks! And those truth quotes are very powerful. I've got the Shakespeare one above my computer.

Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for sharing the "truths." Those were some good ones!

Monti said...

Truth! Some great quotes.

Thank you for sharing. Nice to meet you on A to Z.

Monti
NotesAlongTheWay

Josh Hoyt said...

I love this post especially the quote "be true to yourself." This is so important to remember who we are and why we are doing what we do. Great post.

Kathryn said...

Wow - congrats on the first draft! W00T!