If you have anything to hide, don't become a writer...

My high school English teacher had a pesky habit of reminding her students that people who have anything to hide — even a single secret they wished to keep to themselves — shouldn't become writers. On some days she went as far as saying that those individuals — the ones who wanted to guard something — shouldn't write at all.

I asked her to elaborate on this warning once. She shook her head as if I shouldn't even need an explanation, but gave it anyway.

"Writing has a way of revealing all secrets. And no matter how much you try or how many words you use," she smiled and tapped the notebook on my desk. "You can never keep the truth hidden when you write."

That lady was on to something.
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