Come here. Sit down for a second. I need to tell you something. Yes, you can sit there in that seat. I know it’s a school chair with a desk attached to it. I know it wobbles and that it looks ancient. That’s beside the point. I need to talk to you. Look, I just have to tell you…
- Your fly is down.
- You’ve got something in your teeth.
- You’re characters are naked—and by naked I mean, your characters could use a little character.
So, how do you do it? The above is clearly written in jest, but all of us live in relationships and all of us have felt the tug to tell the truth. And some of us are even asked advice on a regular basis. When the time comes for you to spill it, I want to know, are you confident and to the point? Do you beat around the bush, hemming and hawing before you talk? Do you avoid telling so and so because it would embarrass them or it might hurt their feelings? Of course I realize it depends on the circumstances, but in general, as a critique partner, a friend or as a mentor…how are you with telling the truth when the truth isn’t always comfortable to share?
*photos by flickr