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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Thornton P. Knowles On Literary Honesty

Other writers--mainly novelists, short story writers and poets--accuse me of being "honest to a fault." However, when they send me stuff they've written, they always ask for an "honest opinion." When I give them exactly that, most of them take offense. They want a favorable opinion, not an honest one. I don't ask others to read my writing because I really don't care what they think of it. I only care what I think, and a lot of times I think my stuff stinks. I don't lie to others, and I don't lie to myself. And yes, the truth can hurt.

Thornton P. Knowles

1 comment:

  1. I write basically for myself, and I know it's awful. My name for it is Stink-Lit.

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