Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.
There is nothing you can do except try to write it the way that it was. So you must write each day better than you possibly can and use the sorrow that you have now to make you know how the early sorrow came. And you must always remember the things you believed because if you know them they will be there in the writing and you won’t betray them. The writing is the only progress you make.
― Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden
(This has been a favorite of mine for over a decade now. It wields truth. And it reminds me of this gem from Ram Dass: “Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.” Yes.)