The Saturday Writing Quote — on honesty

IMGP2188“You have to tell the truth. I don’t mean you have to write memoir, but you have to try to be honest. All the vanity and ego and trying to impress people has to be put aside. Writing that always shines a pretty shadow on your personality or on you as a person is not really honest writing. People aren’t so pretty really, for the most part.”

– Zadie Smith, interview in The Writer, June 2012