Liberating Lines

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”   Marcus Aurelius

How liberating these words are! How can we apply them in pursuing the writing life?

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact” — consider how this might banish our naysayers  in the marketplace of ideas and pummel that pesky little voice in our head:

“You don’t have what it takes to be a writer.”   Opinion, not a fact.

“I don’t have the skill or experience to write about this.”   Opinion, not a fact.

“This is too hard to revise – I can’t get it right.”   Opinion, not a fact.

“This story will never sell – forget it!”   Opinion, not a fact.

“That idea is crazy – forget it!   Opinion, not a fact.

“There’s no market for this.”   Opinion not a fact.

“Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth — consider how this frees us to explore:

Our characters’ points of view and beliefs.   Perspective, not the truth.

An unreliable narrator’s insistence on being right.   Perspective, not the truth.

One story told in multiple voices.   Perspective, not the truth.

Opinions don’t have to define and limit us. Perspective is a choice we can make to chase the truth, knowing that it will always elude us. What a relief as we all write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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