“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”
—JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, FROM FAUST
To begin this chapter I draw upon the whimsical wisdom of Dr. Seuss, who wrote in his authentic, unparalleled, memorable voice, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Authenticity is a key part of your writing voice and your impact on readers. The irony about authenticity is that often you are the last person to figure out what is authentic about yourself. Similarly you may not yet know what your voice is—part of the journey is learning to determine that—but I guarantee that others could identify the “you-ness” of you if asked. I always take it as a compliment when ...