“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~William Wordsworth
As a writer and blogger, I often feel like there is a deadline somewhere I need reach successfully. In the beginning when I began to take my writing seriously, I often would write for the sake of writing, for the sake of a deadline. I have to admit those were my worst articles ever! Those articles would be so technical and cold.
When I was in the 8th grade, my English professor would often kick me out of class for being way too talkitive. I’ve mentioned before, my nickname all through high school was chatterbox ;) I loved it too! Although I was never really in class during my english lectures, I scored the highest in my english exams. Seeing this happen for two consecutive years, my English professor sat me down and had a chat with me. He said in his stern but nurturing voice, “You can write! One day I see you becoming a writer and having great impact but only if you focus. Channelize your energy little girl and you will be a force to reckon with. Dont get caught up in the hormones and throw your talent to the dogs.”
At the time I cried buckets thinking my English Professor thought I was a lost cause. But in time as the hormones settled down and I started questioning my purpose…my english professors voice kept echoing in my head and nudging me in the direction of writing more.
Before I started this blog I wrote journals and journals and journals. Then I wrote for magazines and newspapers. But my heart came truly alive when I started writing for my own blog Positive Provocations. Why? Cause I was finally writing about something that was close to my heart and soul.
There are 3 ways I make sure my writing remains authentic and heart-centered. Here they are:
3 Positive ways to add Heart to your writing
1. Jot when you feel:
“Wait until you are hungry to say something, until there is an aching in you to speak.”~Natalie Goldberg~
What works for me is keeping a little notebook in my purse. As soon as I ‘feel’ the need to write about something I jot down the idea in this notebook, which I then refer to later when I sit to write. I know many people say ‘I will remember’…but I have lost many ideas to that ‘I will remember’ bug. Today we have many ways to jot down ideas. Technology with its ipads, smart phones etc have a Note app which works well too :) Less paper, more ideas and lots of heart!
2. Real life stories:
“The good writer seems to be writing about himself, but has his eye always on that thread of the Universe which runs through himself and all things.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
Most of my best writing comes from my own personal experiences. When I write from my own experiences the writing automatically has life in it. There is a certain heart connection to the words that come out from a real experience. These words not only have life, but have enough feeling in them to touch lives far and wide. And our stories are what make us who we are..Unique!
3. Never lose focus:
“It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.”~Gerald Brenan~
Ahhh the big focus word I hear my professor say, kept coming up over the years and here it is again. We must never lose focus. Period. Ok life does get in the way many a times. But the essential focus need never go too far. I take breaks from my writing sometimes, but the Big Goal never fades from my mind. When we have a goal that our heart is set on, we WILL make time for it.
I believe we are all writers. We all have a need to write. Be it a journal, a blog, a book, facebook status updates or corporate email. We all write. Might as well do it with heart. Right??
What is Heart Centered Blogging?
Heart Centered Blogging is now a monthly column on Positive Provocations.
Heart Centered Blogging simply means to blog with Love, completely. In this column I’ll share my personal experiences and give you first hand info on how you too can become a Heart Centered Blogger.
I’m opening myself up more to answer any questions you may like me to address about Heart Centered Blogging. Lets put the LOVE back in blogging! I know there is a lot of technical stuff that goes into making a blog, but here in this column I’ll share what I feel works to touch a readers heart and soul, not just tickles their fancy.
What are your thoughts on this topic?
Do you write? How do you motivate yourself to write authentically and with heart? Do share your tips, experiences and wisdom in the comments below. Lets learn from each other :)
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor
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