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More Writing From The Heart

As I get set to write this I’m listening to Eva Cassidy sing ‘True Colors‘ and loving it. What a song, what a voice, and what a woman! But it’s the lyrics that get to me.

‘I see your true colours shining through….
And that’s why I love you.
So don’t be afraid to let them show….
Your true colours.’   

More Writing From The Heart

In a world that is constantly suggesting, if not yelling loudly, what to wear, what to eat, where to be seen, and who to be, it’s sometimes hard to be oneself. This pressure to conform often spills over into our writing and blogging. We try to write what we think people want to read. We try hard to amuse, shock, impress – we just try too hard. And then it all starts to feel like a task. No longer is writing a joy, no longer a passion. It becomes a chore. Soon we fall out of love with writing and start to resent this ‘work’ that we have started.

Words that touch another’s heart
Must come from deep within a place in ours.
Only your voice will resonate
Only your words will motivate
Anything else will be borrowed stuff
Of which there is more than enough
Your unique voice is what they need to hear
Use it today – sound it loud and clear
Be you, be true
Write from your heart today!

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This is written in response to today’s NaBloPoMo  prompt: Set a timer for 10 minutes and try to write your whole daily post.  Now go back and give yourself 5 more minutes to write about how you felt working under such a tight deadline.

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I enjoy writing free but tend not to do it so much on my blog.  I’m convinced that I need more writing from the heart!

Do you enjoy a free write or do you need to have structure or an idea before you start writing?

12 Comments

  1. Suzy Suzy December 7, 2013

    Free write is the only way I can write. That’s why I find pure fiction so hard to write. Love your poem and the quote by Maya Angelou.

  2. Debbie Debbie December 7, 2013

    Eva Cassidy was a great talent! How sad that she left this world so prematurely. 🙁 Love the song too. I completely agree with you, Corinne! My stance has always been “Welcome to my world. If you like it, that’s great! If you don’t, your loss. 😉 This is why I didn’t like journalism school; having to write about subjects that held no interest for me. As you said, in those instances, writing became a chore and no longer enjoyable. Always be yourself and show your “True Colours”. 🙂

  3. Kathy Kathy December 6, 2013

    I agree that one must write from the heart. Rarely can I write anything worth keeping if I try when I am not inspired or feeling it. When I force myself…I hate what I have written, resent writing because it is forced, and become frustrated and depressed because I can’t just write on a dime. If it flows …wonderful. If not…well, it’s not wonderful. It is frustrating. Lovely reminder today! ♥

  4. Elle Elle December 6, 2013

    It’s a great song Corinne and a great reminder to allow our true selves to flow. Everyone has an amazing and unique gift to share with our world that only they can give. Writing from the heart seems to be such a gift and I totally get what Rekha said. Not being very linear I can’t write to order or to bullet points – I just have to write and sort it out in some sort of order later. Thank you Scrivener!

  5. Rekha Rekha December 6, 2013

    I believe I find it easier when I write from the heart. No prompts, no compulsions, just what comes to my mind at any point in time. If I start thinking what to write or jot down subjects on which to write, my mind just gets blocked. I’m unable to write anything at all. Free write it is for me, any day, anytime. 🙂

  6. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg December 6, 2013

    I read somewhere, write from your heart and rest doesnt matter. Have seen that when we write from the heart, the words flow so easily. Thanks for sharing such a lovely thought.

  7. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury December 6, 2013

    I am loving seeing the self love theme most places I visit this week! 🙂 True Colors is one of my favorite songs and I’ve heard Cyndi Lauper’s version the most number of times. Great lyrics.

    Loved your post. And yes, most of my free writing is done offline and I wouldn’t dream of “blogging” that! 😀

  8. Aditi Aditi December 6, 2013

    Oh yes…don’t be afraid to show your true colors… Lovely post Corinne…straight from the heart!

  9. Jairam Mohan Jairam Mohan December 6, 2013

    When the writing is effortless and it flows from the heart, it shows, and the contrary is also true. We might be able to fool ourselves by believing that we have written for the readers, but the discerning reader can always pick out the bad pieces of writing from the good ones.

    Lovely post 😀

  10. Pixie Pixie December 5, 2013

    🙂
    You are so right.. Write from your heart, that’s where the joy lies…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | December 6, 2013

      I can see that you’re doing that and having fun, Pixie! 🙂

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