I think this particular post needs to go into rotation somehow.
A kid had a writing assignment from school, and while in general I will not answer “my teacher gave me homework, and I’m passing my homework on to you” requests, I did answer this one.
I did not pull any punches. Did not glamorize writing. Did not say what was safe, or expected of me, or nice.
I just told the truth, which most people don’t want to hear, no matter how much they might declare otherwise.