As a writer, you have this box filled to brimming with all of these shiny accessories. Dialogue, plot twists, imagery, shakedowns, hullabaloo, chicanery, ideas and imagination. These are the tip of the iceburg when it comes to the shape-shifting powers of a writer's pen.
But one of the most powerful utensils a writer has is their voice. Their truth.
It's not always easy to say what you mean, mean what you say and present a new angle for the world to step inside. Of all the things we are, we're most importantly individuals first. Uniquely created, hand crafted and 100% self made.
Created, perhaps, from the embers of the fires of others - as we take on qualities that we admire, refuse to let go of, or are unaware cling on.
But our most potent weapon - and I don't mean that in a gunslinging way - is the ability to be honest with ourselves and the characters, universe and story we create.
By offering our truth, we reveal an honest foundation. From here, authenticity knows no bounds, and anyone else who happens upon our nitty-gritty has the freedom to build their own.
Today's word is a rerun that bears repeating: verisimilitude