Ernest Hemingway said, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
There is nothing like the power of truth in writing. Writing in your own voice empowers you to tell your story in an authentic way. And don’t worry about what the critics say, there are always going to be haters. When you write your truth, it rings so clear and honest that readers pay attention. And the same is true in life, generally. There’s no substitute for authenticity…for the real.
Life can be messy. Writing is Messy. Life can be hard. Writing is Hard…but just start…with that one true sentence.
~~On Truth, Giving Back, and Free Stuff~~
I am amazed and humbled that even with very little publicity, and still pending a formal launch, this blog will reach 500 views over the weekend, maybe even today…and that’s how I was reminded of this quote. I decided to just start, to jump in, and to share my truth, after being in the planning stage for over a year. Eventually, you just have to take that leap (was the attitude I embraced while jumping!)
Why jump, and risk the fall? I want to give back a little of what my mentors and colleagues have given me. I want to model openness in the academic community. And I especially want to help young adults navigate a path to higher ed and opportunity. (You can read more about all of this in my first post.)
So to celebrate 500 views, from people all over the world, and to thank everyone for the support you’ve given me, I’m going to be offering a free academic coaching session to one new follower on my College Ready facebook page. So check out the details there, if you (or someone you know) is either in college or getting ready to launch their college career. Thanks for reading a little bit of my truth here!
PS: Curious as to the most popular posts so far? Here they are:
Students Just Say No to America’s Top Colleges
Think Before You Share: 7 Rules for Posting Photos Online
- Ernest Hemingway: Three Tips on How to Write Fiction (farnamstreetblog.com)