Good Confessional Writing Vs. Bad

Katie Roiphe gives us her 5 top musts for good confessional writing. Go here to read the whole piece, but the points boil down to:

1. Be fiercely self-critical.

2. Be honest. Or at least try to be – honesty is as slippery a thing as truth.

3. Be entertaining.

4. Write well – get “beyond the generic, the cliché, which a surprising number of published personal writers never do.”

5. “Expressing yourself” is not enough – pay careful attention to craft. (Self-serving aside: Or, pay someone to do that for you.)


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