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Write with your heart

Image by Kev Howlett
Image by Kev Howlett

Why do we like to read other people’s stories? Because we want to know how other people tick. We want to know that they have flaws, just like us, and that these flaws don’t make them (or us) any less human or likeable. Aren’t the most flawed characters the ones we like after all? This is true for fiction as well as biography because even in fiction the characters need to be true to life. Otherwise, who cares?

For a lot of writers, there is reluctance to go deeper, to expose the person behind the words. This usually stems from fear. Fear of rejection, fear of ridicule, fear of failure.

What usually happens though, is that the deeper, more authentic the writing, the more it resonates with the reader. This results in a greater connection and the reader applauding the writer for their work.

So how do you go deeper? How do you access that part of you that will expose your true self? It’s a bit like peeling an onion. Each of us is multi layered, multi dimensional.

So where do you start? Write without thinking about it too much. Just get your story out. Get out of your head and into your heart. Don’t think about what anyone thinks or if there are issues with spelling or grammar. All of those issues can be dealt with later. Don’t skim over things, get to the heart of them. Don’t write ‘I was devastated’, tell the reader what that devastation felt like. Did it make you (or the character) physically ill, pained in the stomach, unable to sleep? Don’t write, ‘he was angry’, tell the reader what that person did to convey anger. Was he red in the face, was he aggressive, did he raise his voice? Don’t worry if some of this comes out as clichés. This is normal and if you worry about it too much, you will lose the flow. Grammar, cliché, spelling and details can all be fixed in the rewrite.

Essentially, to get to the heart of the story, you need to ask yourself, ‘how does it make you feel?’ If you’re truthful about this in your writing, the rest will fall into place.

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The art of blogging

Image by Kev Howlett
Image by Kev Howlett

The idea of a blog is to attract readers to your work. The ultimate aim is to have an army of fans.

You’ve put some thought into what your blog is about. It’s now time to have some fun and write about your chosen topics. This should be fun because you are effectively writing about what you know. Or at least you’re writing about what makes you tick.

If you’re writing about what makes you tick, this will come through as passionate writing. It’s about showing your readers who you are and what you stand for. Sometimes you may even have a chance to vent about something that is very important to you. It’s okay to be provocative because that’s a way to start up conversation.

When it comes to style and tone, just be yourself. Write like you talk. Don’t try to be somebody else. In doing this you are being authentic and your readers will more likely connect with you. And while you are ‘being yourself’ be sure to tell a story. There’s no better way to connect with readers than through a story. That’s what makes us human.

While you’re telling these stories, make sure you don’t make your blog all about you. Of course you can use anecdotes and your own experiences to make your points but don’t alienate your reader. Make it about them. Always bring it back to how they can use your stories to enhance their life.

This is the main reason why people will read a blog: to learn something. They might learn a bit about you but also learn about something that will help them. It might be that your experiences show them that they aren’t alone or that they can overcome something.

By offering your insights and experience, you are adding to a conversation about how the world works, how we might travel through this life with ease or how to tackle sticky situations.

Don’t forget to use humour in your stories and ask for feedback. This will leave your reader wanting more.

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