Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Respecting Your Sources

We all have our sources. You know, those people who share information that we get to write about, with us. They are real people, with personalities and lifestyles that must be respected. It is not our place to use them for our own purposes, even accidentally.

It is so thrilling to be acknowledged, and to feel that you are making a difference with your writing. When it happens, the temptation may be to shout from the mountain tops in excitement. However, that’s not always the best thing to do.

It is with this thought in mind that I suggest you honor those people who help you in your writing endeavors. Understand who they are, and respect their privacy. Get as excited as you want, but don’t exploit your friendship with them, no matter what.

These writing lessons are not easy to learn, and we often fail in our attempts to do so. Please, never give up, and be willing to edit on a moment’s notice, should you overstep your boundaries. People matter much more than words, and character is often built through personal experience and discovery.