Nothing can substitute for heartfelt writing. Nothing can make up for sincerity and honesty.
When you think you have nothing to say…say what’s on your heart. This applies to fiction and non-fiction.
I always have two responses when I hit a wall in my writing.
1.) What I think I should write.
2.) What I know I should write.
And what I know I should write is always there. It’s always present. It’s just that sometimes it gets waylayed by a more proper, seemingly better (this is up for debate), more dignified idea of what I should write.
But as soon as I start to shape my writing to fit a certain idea…well, it’s all over.
The #1 way to bring our stories to life as writers?
Don’t be proper. Or try to “write better.” Or be more dignified. Don’t try to shape your writing to fit a certain idea.
Just as in every other area of life, being real breathes fresh air into the words you have to say. People take notice. They sit up and listen when you speak from the heart.
They will sit up and listen when you write from the heart, too.