Continuing our elaboration of Jack Kerouac’s Belief and Technique for Modern Prose.

taking risks in writing

Blow as deep as you want to blow

Yes, writing is sometimes like standing naked in front of strangers who are poring over you with HD cameras. You sweat as they scrutinize every blemish, scar, and crevice.

But resist the urge to hold back.

Nothing is too wild, too ridiculous, too dark, too lewd, too silly if it tells a truth. Readers don’t want a half-assed, cowardly attempt. That’s a waste of time. They want whole-ass stories.

Writers are exhibitionists. Don’t pretend you didn’t want to expose yourself.

Be bold. Say what you really want to say. Blow as deep as you want to blow.