Do you always write from the heart? Or there are times that you JUST write?

Philippines
October 22, 2010 9:46pm CST
I don't know but as for me, I always tend to write from the heart.
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16 responses
• United States
23 Oct 10
Hey Lady, Thanks, for talking shop! :O) I don't really see how I can be diplomatic about what I'm about to say, however. So, please, don't take it the wrong way. If you can't hear this, I totally understand. So you can just skip over this if it makes you roll your eyes. :P Okay, though I KNOW you mean well, I don't think it serves to call some other approach to writing "JUST" writing. You know, there are aspects of the human condition that I would NOT visit if I started from a "follow my heart" approach. Don't get me wrong, I tend to write from the heart. But, what I mean by that is that the writing I SHARE tends to come from the heart. But before I get there, I do a lot of technical work, very often. There comes a point when my technical activity creates a momentum that allows me to just start, after a while. But, for example, yesterday I decided I really wanted to write something (probably a poem) that would be a meditation on what lies behind compulsive eating. The first thing I did was think about words that touch on what I want emotionally when I pick up that cookie in the middle of the night or after an argument. I wrote lists of such words. Then, I noticed some words that were especially meaningful and wrote words that sound like them. For example: deprived, private, primate, reprieve, privy, pry, privilege, primate, prime, pride, bribe, bride, brief, belief, preview, VIP, blip, flip, probe, plebeian,...and that's when THE word popped into my consciousness: ARRIVED. That got me writing what seem to be the first lines of the actual poem: Arrived--but who celebrates With more pacing? Maybe You punch the sky or cartwheel (If you can) but how deprived To not dismount and cupcake Comfort, cram companionship, Pride in what you crave? Was the research of list-making writing from the heart? It had to do with that, sure. But, a lot of times, I just write related words that I'm curious about. This is the writer's activity most people don't know about. Just getting friendly with words. And, it often requires a sort of distance. A sense of just drifting about and learning about connections between words that aren't obvious or that your own life has uncovered. Hope that was useful or meaningful, Lady. I guess, in the end, it's always with the heart, because it's people who do the writing. And, where are we without a heart? I'm curious: what has your experience been with such technical play? Or where do you envision this might take you? Sunshine & Blessings, Giovani
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
I love this!!!!!!!!! WOW!!! I haven't done any technical writing before. I just write anything that's keep on bugging in my mind. My poems comes out from my own experiences. So that means, I really write emotionally. The short novels I wrote were also a part of my past. So what you wrote here got me! And I'm hoping to step up on my writing career. Though I can't say it's really a career because it's just a hobby for me. Thank you so much!
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I sometimes write because i want to but often i write to meet editors deadlines. And not because I'm really inspired. i would like to only write when the spirit moves me but that doesn't pay down the debt.
• Philippines
12 Jan 11
Yayyy true... That works for people who do writing for a living... I definitely have to agree
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
29 Oct 10
It is a little bit of both to be honest with you. The more that I think of it, it is from the heart. Because there are things that I can write about if I am really passionate about them. That tends to lead to my best writings. However, not all of the time. There are times where I just write for the sake of writing but I am not really into it. Therefore, I do in fact do some writing and it has to come from the heart. That is where I lead to the best quality, where I am truly into it. I can just write and its fine, but not as good as it might be should it be from the heart. There is just something about the quality that seems like it is much less than it could be, unless I am really into what I am writing. So yes, sometimes just writing, but mostly it is from the heart.
• Philippines
5 Nov 10
That's true. When you dig deeper, from your heart, deep in those hidden emotions - excretes the most substantial product of writing. I love it when that happens! You can write everything about anything BUT not unless it has a depth that comes from within you, you will never be loving what you've written.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Oct 10
There are some things that I am really passionate about and when I am writing on those kinds of subjects the only way that I know how to write is to write from the heart. However, since I've been making an effort to write more so that I can earn from it I find that there are times that I have things to write that are different from what I am really interested in and in those cases I don't really think that I write from the heart, but I still do become passionate about the articles that I've written because they are my babies in a sense.
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
I agree with you. In some of my short novels, there are parts which I didn't really experience at all. That's when I have to internalize the story - residing on it, feeling the moment so as to be able to capture the next events that aren't based on my past.
@jane239 (521)
24 Oct 10
Sometimes I write from the heart and find that my words flow better and it makes for a better piece if I do, sometimes I just write to keep myself in the habit of it.
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
Sounds just like me!
• India
23 Oct 10
i also writes from my hart which is a ficktional thing coz u cant write from once hart u neeed to use ur hedeven the emotional part is also in ur hed
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
Yeah...that's right.
• United States
23 Oct 10
for me i write from my mind my daydreams and the things my mind, makes up when i'm out of it so but i write from the heart sometimes.
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
Hmm I see..
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
23 Oct 10
When i write it has to come from my heart. Anything less would not be true to myself. Writing is a passion for me. it is a breath of life to my soul.
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
True that...
@Catana (736)
• United States
23 Oct 10
Interesting question and responses because I'm not even sure what writing from the heart means. If it means writing from your emotions, or expressing them, then no, I don't write fromt the heart. If I'm writing nonfiction, I'm dealing with facts, not emotions. If it's fiction, then I'm concerned with the plot and the characters. I need to understand how they feel, but that doesn't mean I'm writing from my own emotions. From what I've seen, most people who say they're writing from their heart are writing very personal stuff that isn't necessarily interesting to anyone else. And it's certainly no guarantee of good writing.
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
Yes. It really depends on what you are writing about.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 10
if it wasn't come from my heart it means i have got nothing to say or write~ when there is nothing to write i will leave the discussion. so i will always write something sincerely from the heart means i am not pulling anyone legs and fooling them around with the fake or make up stories.we earn money and others faith so it is not good not to write from the bottom of the heart~
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
True, true!!! I feel the same. I don't like writing a comment on someone's discussion if I can't truly relate with it. Of course how could I write something if I don't really know what's it all about. It must be something that I have experiences or so - if not, I wouldn't be able to write from my heart. And that's not right!
• India
23 Oct 10
yes, i think not only me but every one writes from the heart only. A good writing is that comes frm the heart.
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
Yes, I believe you.
• Philippines
23 Oct 10
I THINK most of my lines even when I speak comes from my heart... when I say I miss you then I mean it...
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
Owww! How sweet is that!
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
23 Oct 10
Well I always write what I feel writing but after that I will change some parts because it might be offensive to some or a little biased. I try to neutral my writing so most will not be offended by it.
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
I think that's okay when you are writing about opinions or speaking about specific topics.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
23 Oct 10
I always write from the heart. It is so hard to express an opinion if this is just superficial. Writing from the heart will give me a more fulfilled feeling. If I would read that work again after a day, a week, a year, it will still give me the same feeling.
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
That is true. I believe you. There's nothing more like it when it comes to reading your writings that comes from your heart. Reading something written by you that's made-up of something not-from-your-heart is like reading a whole sentence without a thought.
• Philippines
23 Oct 10
Im always proud of the things I write if it comes from the heart, if I end up just writing, I would probably delete in a few days time, its hard for me to write these days because I often ened up thinking of what people might say or wanting them to better like my blog, most people like pictures than written text that aren't about love or things like that.
• Philippines
27 Oct 10
That's true. But hey, you must continue writing from your heart. Some people may not tend to like it. But I think when you keep on writing just from your heart, some people will be able to notice and take time to read. I'd love to!
• United States
23 Oct 10
Hey Lady, Thanks, for talking shop! :O) I don't really see how I can be diplomatic about what I'm about to say, however. So, please, don't take it the wrong way. If you can't hear this, I totally understand. So you can just skip over this if it makes you roll your eyes. :P Okay, though I KNOW you mean well, I don't think it serves to call some other approach to writing "JUST" writing. You know, there are aspects of the human condition that I would NOT visit if I started from a "follow my heart" approach. Don't get me wrong, I tend to write from the heart. But, what I mean by that is that the writing I SHARE tends to come from the heart. But before I get there, I do a lot of technical work, very often. There comes a point when my technical activity creates a momentum that allows me to just start, after a while. But, for example, yesterday I decided I really wanted to write something (probably a poem) that would be a meditation on what lies behind compulsive eating. The first thing I did was think about words that touch on what I want emotionally when I pick up that cookie in the middle of the night or after an argument. I wrote lists of such words. Then, I noticed some words that were especially meaningful and wrote words that sound like them. For example: deprived, private, primate, reprieve, privy, pry, privilege, primate, prime, pride, bribe, bride, brief, belief, preview, VIP, blip, flip, probe, plebeian,...and that's when THE word popped into my consciousness: ARRIVED. That got me writing what seem to be the first lines of the actual poem: Arrived--but who celebrates With more pacing? Maybe You punch the sky or cartwheel (If you can) but how deprived To not dismount and cupcake Comfort, cram companionship, Pride in what you crave. Was the research of list-making writing from the heart? It had to do with that, sure. But, a lot of times, I just write related words that I'm curious about. This is the writer's activity most people don't know about. Just getting friendly with words. And, it often requires a sort of distance. A sense of just drifting about and learning about connections between words that aren't obvious or that your own life has uncovered. Hope that was useful or meaningful, Lady. I guess, in the end, it's always with the heart, because it's people who do the writing. And, where are we without a heart? I'm curious: what has your experience been with such technical play? Or where do you envision this might take you? Sunshine & Blessings, Giovani