PBG Online Party: Part III – Honesty in Your Writing

Welcome back to Part III of our National Honesty Day online party. We are chatting with some of our columnists about how they bring honesty to their writing.

National Honesty Day was created in the early 1990’s by M. Hirsch Goldberg, who wrote The Book of Lies. Mr. Goldberg is the former press secretary to one of the governors in Maryland. Since the 1st of April is April Fools’ Day, Hirsch created National Honesty Day to offset the silliness of that first day.

Meet our Columnists

We are privileged to have awesome columnists and guest contributors on our writing team. We have a variety of topics discussed in our monthly columns such as Animal Adventures, Books & Movie Reviews, Devotionals, Family Life, Flash Fiction, Gardening, Marketing, Vlogging, and Writing. Check out more details about our columnists.

Columnist Chat

Our columnists joining us today for the party are Jim Hughes, Sue Ford, and Sinmisola Ogunyinka. I’m excited to get back to chatting with our columnists!

Jim, what is the most honest thing that you have ever written?

I write mainly devotionals and content about marriage, so I always try to present that which is true.

I have enjoyed your devotionals published here at PBG. Sue, do you feel that you are truly honest with your inner self when you write?

It’s really hard to be honest about the quality of my own writing. When it’s first written, I usually love it because it is new and shiny. Later, after some time, I can come back and see some of the problems with it. But eventually as I work on a piece, especially in longer works, I don’t have the distance for clarity to judge its quality.

Sinmisola, what about you, do you feel that you are truly honest with your inner self when you write?

No, but I hope to get better at it.

Jim, how would you define the qualities of an honest writer?

An honest writer does not write to deceive.

Sue, how would you define the qualities of an honest writer?

I think honest writers are open to feedback. They listen to critique partners and editors and make changes in their writing. Honest writers should know where their weaknesses are. For example, I often don’t go deep enough in my novel writing and am aware of it from critiques from agents/editors and questions from critique partners. “What is he feeling?” “What is she thinking?” “What’s her motivation?”

I love that statement that honest writers should know where their weaknesses are. Sinmisola, what is the most honest thing that you have ever written?

Stories based on Bible characters.

Thank you again to our columnists, Jim, Sue, and Sinmisola, for guesting today at PBG.

What have you enjoyed most about today’s discussion with our columnists? We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below.

See you back soon for Part IV of our party where we will discuss honesty from readers and reviewers and how our columnists have reacted and what types of experiences they’ve had with them. If you’d like to enter our giveaway, please comment below. We’ll be picking two winners. One will receive an ecopy of my inspirational romance novel, Mr. Shipley’s Governess and the other will win an ecopy of my novella, My S.E.D. Label.

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