Placing a high value in filling your writing with how you feel makes for greater impact.
Here you are again, taking those steps to put words on an empty canvas. You felt the rush of excitement from the moment you opened your eyes until this point.
Sitting down with pen in hand, you realize there’s nothing you’d rather be doing than writing. So you write.
Words are showing up, which is good. (Most writing days aren’t typically like this for you.)
But something’s missing. Reading back over your words, they seem flat—like soda left out on the kitchen counter all night.
Is it sugar? Some sort of spice you need to add to them?
Chances are, your words seem flat because you left your emotion out.
The Power of the Written Word
Writing is a powerful tool used for communicating ideas and thoughts about certain things. But they mean very little if they do not house our tears, anger, frustration, or joy that revealed them.
They are empty without emotions.
Unlike talking, people can’t hear us speak when we write. It’s a lot easier to get a sense of emotion in someone’s voice.
But that’s not to say that the written word is unable to convey our feelings to those who read them. The structure makes a difference.
Each breaking point demonstrates a period in writing that you want to get across to them. It says, “Think about this for a while, then continue.”
Writers often forget how in control they truly are of how their words come to life. It seems overwhelming in the process, but it is completely in their hands.
You are in the driver’s seat, taking readers along with you on the journey of your choosing.
Is it relatable?
Is it useful?
Is it clear?
These are all questions that don’t ignore the fact that writers are in control of their writing but address how effective it will be.
You could use your words for a number of things:
- You can put people down, discouraging them from improving
- You can talk about doing things we have yet to move toward
- You can encourage others to do more with their lives
The list goes on and on.
How you choose to use them is ultimately up to you. But the effects of them are going to be there no matter what you decide.
We Are Emotional Creatures
I don’t care what anyone says, we are all filled with emotion. Experiences in our lives make us happy, sad, or upset all the time.
Yet, for some reason, most of us throw them out of the window.
We’re afraid of showing people how we actually feel about whatever the topic may be. So we show them a version of ourselves that is superficial.
The thing about being superficial, though, is that people will know it.
They can see right through your empty words and move on to something that moves them. They don’t stick around for the passive, boring stuff.
If you want your words to move the people who read what you write, then write what moves you first.
That’s where we usually go wrong.
You never want to ignore how you feel when writing. Instead, you want to let it shape your words, adding richness to them.
Don’t run from what you want to say. Just say it while being honest with yourself.
Most of us aren’t happy unless something is done right. There’s a sense of incompletion, even after we’ve reached a specific word count or hit publish.
Often, perfectionism hinders us from getting to those points.
The challenge is leaving that mentality in order to fully grasp the freedom in being yourself, letting your words roam free on an empty canvas without the initial judgment to go with them.
We contaminate our perceptions of the words we use with a bad habit of comparing our words with others.
I sometimes wish I could write like other great writers out there.
I often wish my words could melt through the stubborn walls of any reader’s suspicion.
But I’ve learned (and am learning) to opt for using my own writing voice. Because at the end of each day, that’s what matters: being yourself.
Forget about perfection.
That only keeps you stuck in a prison of self-doubt.
Aim to look at your words and say, “That’s exactly how I would say it.”
There’s no greater feeling than writing in a way that remains authentically true to you. It’s much easier than trying to fit into another writer’s mold.
And it’s also something your readers will appreciate.