Saturday, April 9, 2011

H is for Heart

The letter H is brought to you by Alison's Inner Pep Talks. Hope it helps you too.

Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head.” (Finding Forrester)

Ignore trends. Don't worry about grammar. Tune out your perfectionist evil inner editor.



Instead, listen to your intuition. Trust your ideas. Hear your heart. Write what you love. Write what you know. Write because you want to write.



The rest will eventually fall into place.

What's driving YOUR story today? Is it your head? Or your heart?

26 comments:

  1. Thank you for the great advice. I've published articles and picture books. I'm writing my first novel-on chapter 5. I think I'm editing too much as I go. I'm going to let loose and see how that works. :)

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  2. Fantastic post filled with great advice. Thank you.

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  3. I learned to do this during nano last November. Now, I need to remember to do this all the time. It's difficult! But great advice, for sure.

    Thanks for stopping by and offering your support. Having someone understand where I'm coming from is nice :)

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  4. I definitely write with my heart. Used to write with my head until I tried NaNoWriMo a couple years ago. That taught me to let go of my head and just write. It was a priceless lesson, for sure!

    Great quote from Finding Forrester. Love that movie.

    I did my H post on Heart & Soul, btw :)

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  5. I write with my heart, for sure. Loved this post and the quote. I will be putting that up in my office somewhere!

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  6. Love this!!!!!! Thank you Alison!!

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  7. Nice you can switch from left to write! Love that blog title.

    I very much agree with your advice about starting out writing with the heart. My first novel, Hearts Across Forever, was and still is the book of my heart. Guess I put my head in later on!

    BTW the name Alison is special to me. We named our first daughter Allison!

    Happy writing,
    Monti
    NotesAlongTheWay

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  8. That's a great quote. I'm doing revisions so the head part is taking over the heart. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Lovely, lovely, love it.

    Thank you for a great reminder to turn off the inner critic. Mine is always far too active. But I've found it really useful to set the goal of writing a whole first draft without going back and editing AT ALL. Then, once it's all out, it's time to revisit, critique and start the multiple draft process!

    Looking forward to reading more,

    Hannah Roderick: People Watch

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  10. It's usually my heart at first, but that stubborn editor inside me won't shut up at times. I'm trying very hard not to tear my WIPs apart, lol.

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  11. I love that quote from Finding Forester! I always have.

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  12. Nice quote! I have a tendency to want to write with my head without first consulting my heart, lately I have been trying to tap into the heart behind what I write... and then write as I go (usually falls into place). Thanks for sharing & stopping by my place @www.journeycalledlife1.com ~Tori

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  13. Great advice! I'm trying to turn off my internal editor as well and just write!

    Thanks for a shout out on my blog! Great to see you through this A-Z challenge.

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  14. Yes definitely my heart. Then I go back and delete it all! Actually I try to listen to my instinct (is that my head or my heart?) I do so believe in it and when it tells me something's not working I believe it whole-heartedly.
    Happy A-Z!

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  15. My current WIP is all heart. I'm letting my inner detailer take the stage and painting everything seventeen shades of purple. :) Great post.

    Visiting through the A to Z Challenge!

    Marie at the Cheetah

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  16. I'm working on my first book, and sometimes I think too much. I'm still learning to just go where my heart leads me and then work out the kinks later.

    Just found you through A-Z. Great job with the challenge-I'll be following along.

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  17. Both today - I'm editing so I'm mostly using my head, but since I'm working on bringing out a relationship between two characters, there's plenty of my heart involved.

    I love writing first drafts, however, so I must prefer to use my heart.

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  18. This is timely. A friend just went off submission because editors were saying teens aren't into books with environmental themes, as if teens can't be bothered to care about things not directly related to them. My WIP has similar outward-looking themes. I thought about a way to make it less so, but I've already dismissed it. The rough, at least, will come from my heart.

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  19. I think I write with my heart but I revise with my brain in charge of my heart...
    this looks like a fun blog - I'll be back...

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  20. I do a little bit of both (writing with my head and my heart). The stuff from the heart is always much better.

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  21. Right now I'm writing with my head because I'm in the editing phase but I get what you mean. I like to write the first draft with my heart.

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  22. Great pep talk. I just started writing a children's story. The whole writing thing is new to me so thanks for the great tips.

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  23. Great pep talk. My inner editor gets the better of me, but I'm learning more everyday to silence her as much as possible. Good luck with the challenge!

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  24. Great post. It's hard to just let go and write. :)

    Nice to meet you.

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