This Simple But Effective Practice Will Drastically Improve Your Writing
Have you been dealing with surges of overpowering emotion?
In a single day, do you feel like you experience the full range of human feeling, from anger to sadness to fear to love to joy?
Many of us are experiencing new and more powerful emotions than ever before. At times, this can feel quite overwhelming, because we haven’t been taught how to deal with so many emotions at once.
As a writer, you have an edge. Writing is the perfect medium to release your crazy, pent-up feelings.
There’s even more good news for writers: strong emotions are a gift for your writing that will benefit you for years to come, as long as you don’t ignore them.
That’s why I want to give you a tip I usually reserve for the writers over in the Writing Gym. These are crazy times, and I want to make sure you have all the tools you need to not only get through, but come out a better writer.
Here is a simple practice to capture and channel strong emotions through your writing:
- Strong emotions are usually felt somewhere in the body. When feelings of fear, anger, or uncertainty arise, take a moment and close your eyes, focus on where you feel it in your body, and think about exactly how this emotion feels.
- Ask yourself: Is it a sharp pain? A fluttery lightness? A dull aching? A pressing heaviness? Like the writer you are, think about the words you would use to describe what you feel.
- Open your eyes and write it all down. Save it in a notebook or a file on your computer, and be sure to label what the emotion is.
Not only will you feel better after releasing the emotion through your body and writing, but this will pay off in your future writing projects. Maybe five years from now, you’ll have a character who’s feeling something powerful, and you’ll have an example on how to describe any given feeling.
You’ve been given the gift of emotional authenticity to add to your writing–take advantage of it.
I’d love to hear if this strategy works for you. If you want to discuss more, I’ve set aside time in my calendar. Let’s chat.