Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Papa Don't Preach

Some of you may remember Madonna’s music video—that of a teenager who tells her father about her unplanned pregnancy. She pleads with him not to tell her she’d been wrong. She already knew that. She wanted to know, “Will you help me or condemn me?”

I find that most readers make the same request. Don’t throw the message in my face. I already know when I’ve fallen. Just tell me how to get back up. What about you? Do you want to hear it straight or do you prefer sugar coating? Do you prefer a little to a time or being dumped on? How do we writers speak the truth in love with our written words?

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