Something I've been trying to practice more of recently is honest writing. And I know you're thinking, "What? Who doesn't write honestly?"
Well, if you've ever been to a wedding and listened to a bunch of blabber about love and marriage that only partially related to the couple, that's half-honest writing. The reason most writers struggle with honest writing is that it's honest. It's frightening to release the deepest of our souls into the world in hopes that we won't be judged. That's why writing wedding vows is so challenging. How do you share years of love in approximately 150 words to be spoken in front of everyone you know? 🤷🏾♀️🤷🏾♀️
So whether I'm writing your wedding or someone else is (but you really should hire me), think about this: How would you really describe your love to someone else, if you knew that not a single comment would be said? Has it been rocky, challenging yet life-changing? Has it been goofy, hilarious, life-altering? Has it been easy, simple, heart-warming? Did you two never think you could make it to marriage? At the core of everything you've held together, what is the true reason marriage means everything to you both?
Then write that. It shouldn't be easy to write. And that's the point. Honest, true, writing will make you want to pull out your teeth and enjoy the sounds of nails across a chalkboard more than your desire to write. But that's when the ceremony really becomes alive and is absolutely yours, not someone else's honest views on marriage. That's honest writing in a nutshell.
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