My buddy (okay, my husband's buddy) recently started writing online and sent me a link to his work so I could "check it out". It's awful. Cliches everywhere, sloppy sentence structure; it looks like the writings of an emo teenager. It's not beyond repair but I couldn't make it through his first post without cringing. He never asked my opinion, so I'm torn whether to say anything to him or not. I know he has expressed (to my husband, in the past) a desire to be a professional writer but maybe he's decided just to take his piece of the Internet for his ramblings and let that dream die. Focus: when it comes to friendship, is kindness better than honesty or vice versa? Do you tell your female friend that those pants kind of make her ass look fat? Do you tell your guy friend that buying a boat when you're already $40K in the hole is kind of a stupid idea? Do you tell Uncle Milton that his toupee is godawful? Alt-focus: Should I say anything to this aspiring writer or (as I'm more inclined to do) just keep my yap shut and hope someone closer to him speaks up?