When you begin a poem or story, not because your publisher suggested it, but because it’s a plot that you love, you’re writing from your heart. You use all your effort to make this perfect, and if you hate it, your readers will, too.
Your writing is special, always, but sometimes you have a deadline to write a specific story. Other times you begin a plot that you’ve created on a whim, one that you know is a novelette, you work on independently, working your mind, heart, and soul. A poem is always written from your soul, otherwise it wouldn’t really be exceptional poetry by my standards.
This is a little creepy to me. Whomever reads your poetry or story actually sees inside you, sees how you work. Writing is putting your thoughts out for people to read. Recently I’ve been a little scared, gently holding back, then realizing that I should allow myself to run.
For example, say a random person comes up to you, and says “Write a story about a cat who isn’t in the house very often but saves their person in two weeks.” You write the story, but it’s really not something you’re hot on. But say you’re listening to a song, and you’re charged with an idea. This story is one that you are loving, this story is your story, which you will painstakingly work on until it’s complete. Page numbers don’t matter, and when you finish the plot, you edit until you’re tired of reading it, send it to an editor, edit it, and send it to a publisher. Ta-da! There, you have more pride selling your beloved story than one that you just wrote because you had to.
Also take for example that someone manages to find all the books that you’ve written from your heart. This person reads them all, and after thinking about them for a while, you get to see how that person’s mind works. Children’s stories, as in stories for children, aren’t really the best for this. But this person reads all your beloved stories, walks up to you, writes something down, hands you the pen, rolls up their sleeves, and asks you a question. You answer, and this person turns the page around and shows you what he’d written: your answer! You can see a person’s longing, how they see the world, how they describe an event, and how they think.
Well, by now I’m repeating myself, so I suppose that I’ll end with a little exercise called:
I feel that, especially with a pencil and paper, my ideas and thoughts (especially in these exercises) flow down my arm, focus through my pencil like light though a crystal, and run onto the paper. To capture this, this exercise helps reverse things and gets your brain flowing.
If you’ve been writing for a while, by now you’re used to seeing events and describing them with words. So, take up your pencil, grab a clean sheet of paper, and draw what you think! If you usually draw what you imagine, write what you see. Another way to do this exercise is to go to a scene, such as the beach, harbor, or city, and draw if you write, and write if you draw, then write if you write, and draw if you draw. Compare the two exercises, and see if they’re close.
“Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, and have a great week!”