WRITING: Exercise for the Heart

“Why should we all use our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold, and compassionate.” Brenda Ueland

Be true to yourself and your art. There is something freeing about being able to be yourself. Really yourself. On the flip side, if you have tried to create what you hope will sell, or jump on the latest trend, you have probably found yourself flat on your face beside your rejected manuscript, rather than pouring over a contract, reading the fine print.

Whether writing nonfiction or fiction, readers can smell contrived writing. I’m not talking about writing your memoir, but if you channel your passion and your experiences into your writing and into your character’s lives, they will be multi-dimensional and provide authenticity to your story.

Writing is a relationship with yourself. In the end, regardless of what anyone else has to say about your art, you have to be pleased with the accomplishment.  You have to face yourself in the mirror and know, This is the story I needed to tell.

I’ve recently finished a novel manuscript that has been in the works for a couple of years and I have to admit that I procrastinated with writing the ending for several months. Every time I got close, I’d go back to earlier chapters and work on revisions. Finally, I got brave enough to push through to the finish.

Why was the ending so scary? Because I knew that at the end, I’d have to reveal, in no uncertain terms, where my passion lay for writing this story. Why was this story important to tell?

Will my story make people generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate? I hope so.


Go ahead! Write from your heart!

Published by Lois Donovan

Author of historical time travels, THE JOURNAL and WINDS OF L'ACADIE, Lois is in demand as a speaker/presenter at literary conferences and young writers' conferences and teachers conventions. Lois grew up primarily in Riverview, New Brunswick, but has called Calgary home for many years. Currently, Lois enjoys life in Calgary with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law.

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