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Improve Your Writing Using Feelings and Emotions

Updated on October 10, 2013

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Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.
Graham Greene

There is power in the written word. Taking a combination of verbs, nouns, adjective and adverbs, the writer has the ability to lift up the reader, to suspend life for a moment and entertain. We have it within our power to bring our readers to incredible highs and lows. We can elicit belly laughs and we can bring forth tears that have been suppressed for decades.

Words can be either a compilation of letters or they can be the catalyst for self-reflection. They can be random drivel or they can be the light that ignites a world movement. This form of communication can be informative or inflammatory, insightful or a joyful celebration of the human spirit.

Given the unlimited possibilities that are within each writer, what a shame it would be to not tap into a fountain of inspiration that we each possess, namely our emotions.

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This writer has always been emotional | Source
My family gave me the freedom to express my feelings
My family gave me the freedom to express my feelings | Source

Writing Reflects Real Life

Does it not? If so, what is more real than the emotions we each have? Our emotions, and the life experiences that each of us have, are all too often ignored, and in their place we find sterile writing that reminds one of Wikipedia on its best days.

As a life-long reader, I can say without hesitation that the authors who have moved me the most were the ones who were willing to draw upon their emotions and share them with me. Through their words I found a kinship with the author, and through their words I was able to get in touch with my own thoughts and emotions and thus gain a better understanding of myself.

I have had readers tell me that I am courageous in writing about my struggles with alcoholism. They have told me they found inspiration in my willingness to share those trials and tribulations that shaped me as a human being. Mind you, these are writers telling me this. I would say to all of you that it is not courage that leads me to share my emotions with you. Rather, it is my desire to be a writer in the truest sense of the word that has led me down this path and allowed me to find my voice as a writer. I came to a realization a little over a year ago that my experiences, and the emotions that were associated with those experiences, carried important messages about life, and they were messages that could help others as they traveled similar paths. In other words, my translation of emotions into the written word was beneficial to others and isn’t that a miraculous and beautiful thing?

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It Is Not Enough to Say That You Cried

What are common emotions? Happiness, sadness, loneliness and on and on, but written like that they are only words. A writer’s job is to make those words come alive so that the reader feels the same emotions. How can I relate an experience so that my reader feels the pain I felt when that experience happened? Of course I can say that when my father died it made me sad and I cried, and some may find enough in that bland description to relate to it and feel their own emotions over the loss of a loved one.

However, I could also write that a numbness spread over me, and in the following days I sank into a darkness I had never known before and have not known since. When my dad died I lost my foundation, and I felt as though I were standing in quicksand with no hope of ever climbing out. The tears did not come for months and then they rushed forward in such a torrent that I thought I was approaching madness.

Of alcoholism I could tell you that I drank and felt helpless and hopeless, or I could tell you that I lost all sense of self. I sank into a well of self-pity, shut off from a world that was celebrating all around me and yet was untouchable. I shattered lives, including my own, and I wanted to find a way to ease the pain, even if it meant death.

Which is more effective? The milquetoast description, PG-rated for all audiences, or the one that reaches into your heart and soul and rips your guts out?

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We All Have It in Us

I happen to believe that we are all fascinating creatures, and that each one of us has experienced an emotional journey that most people can relate to. The only thing holding you back from tapping into the emotions of your readers is your lack of willingness to share.

Let’s face it, it is a risk pouring your emotions out and becoming, in a sense, vulnerable. On the other hand, it is a supreme act of humanness to do so, for in expressing our emotions we are telling our readers that we understand them as human beings and that they are not alone in feeling what they feel.

I had a fellow author tell me that nobody would want to know what it felt like for her to be abused as a child. Are you kidding me? There are literally millions of abused children in the United States at this very moment. Don’t you think there is a good chance one of them needs to hear that others feel as they do? And if just one needs to hear it then it is worth writing.

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It Is Time

If you want to realize the potential that is within you, then it is time to toss aside the bland and embrace the vibrant colors of your emotions. I am convinced that you will never truly find your writer’s voice until you tap into those emotions. They are, after all, an important part of who you are as a human being and as a writer, so why not use them? I want to know who you are, but I never will if you are not willing to open up and share. Make that connection with your reader. Establish that bond. You just might open doors that you never knew existed.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      It is always important to write what you really feel. What you write must reflect the truth to be valid!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing is mostly about true feelings and once you put pen to paper everything comes to mind so easily

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Couldn't agree more Bill and we do write what know and feel. At least for me that is what I do. I might be too honest at times, but I don't know any other way to be when I write. Thanks for sharing and have of course voted and shared all over!!

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      " And if just one needs to hear it then it is worth writing." So profound Bill, and so true my friend.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      This reminds me of when I took drawing and illustration classes in college. Many think they can't draw, when in fact they simply need to learn how to stop symbolizing objects. We can all draw a doodle of a flower, but if you really want to DRAW a flower it takes time to study the intricate details of the parts, including textures and flaws, and put them down on paper. This is difficult to do and it takes practice and patience, but in the end you have a beautiful piece you can be proud of. Just like writing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, your last sentence was profound. It must reflect the truth to be valid. Bravo for that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I agree with you, if you allow it. Many writers to not allow those feelings to come out, and I think that is a mistake. Thank you for your comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I see you do this every day in your blog. Good, honest writing with feelings. Keep doing what you are doing and you'll keep getting what you are getting. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, sometimes we may only reach one person, but that does not mean we failed. :) You have a strong and important message. Keep speaking it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, very profound for so early in the morning and you are absolutely correct. It is difficult to do, and like all good things it takes time and effort, but the results are amazing.

      Thank you my adopted daughter. Have a great weekend.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I'd say I am pretty open in my emotions, lol. Great advice!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Another doozy Billybuc. I find when I am doing my creative writing I get so into my characters emotions that I am feeling them...literally! I have to remind myself...I am just making this up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I would say you have no problems in this regard. :) Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, I love it....maybe you aren't really making it up? :) Thank you and enjoy your weekend on this sunny Saturday and Sunday.

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      Kristinmcr 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Wow! I read this twice and will read it again to let the beauty and the flow of your writing sink in. It is a risk to open up and display your emotions out there for the whole world to see. But what is life without risks? And like you said, if you help just one person with the words you write, the risk was totally worth it in the end. Have a wonderful weekend. You say it's sunny in Seattle-Land? Fantastic, doubly enjoy it!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill - Once again you are the teacher supreme and we are your lucky students! So much meat in this well written article. For example, " through their words I was able to get in touch with my own thoughts and emotions and thus gain a better understanding of myself." How very true this is.

      I always remind my singers and actors that until they use their own emotions to convey the truth - they are not able to connect to the emotional energy of the audience.

      You have probably done more to help the writer with this awesome hub, than any other. Thank you my precious friend. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and will share all over the place!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I totally agree with the sentiment here Bill. I am still writing a mixture of non-fiction and poetry and really like the 'me' that goes into the poetry. Non-fiction is a bit harder to imbue with emotion but if its something I feel passionate about, I write better and I think it reads better too. Great hub, really enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristin, it is a risk for sure, and it is a very tough risk to take, but I believe it gives us a chance to grow as writers...and isn't that what we are trying to do? :)

      It is sunny here and we will spend the rest of the day working in the garden. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, you do wonders for my self-worth. Thank you! Yes indeed, the singer must show emotions. Otherwise, it is just notes on a sheet. As writers, we are the ones who can make words come alive, and what a joy it is when we make that happen.

      Thank you for the wonder that you are!

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie poetry to me speaks emotions better than any other genre of writing. I am not a poet, but I try to find the poetry in prose, and once I find it I feel I have tapped into the writer that resides somewhere inside of me.

      Thank you for the visit my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I agree that emotion plays a part in writing and that it is important for writers to make those emotions come out of the book. Great hub!

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Oh...this is written directly to me, that is how I feel...I think that may be may mistake, or at least partly..that I haven't just let it go and do it all...maybe it is coming soon... Your hubs are inspiring!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Is it possible that those that do not, or tell themselves they can not write, or paint, or make music are simply fearing the exposing of their inner selves?

      My belief follows that all the "Great" artists and writers are the ones that exposed the inner human, the spirit that views the world.

      Mark

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      This is some good advice for all writers. I am not a good writer such as yourself. I envy those who can put pen to paper and come up with a moving and emotional piece the way you do. Maybe that's why I write more "how to's" cause I can relate to those having done them myself.

      Voted UP and will share.

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      One's emotions and feelings are unique. They bring a rare flavor in writing. A great hub and it reflects your own emotion of being kind to share such a subtle matter which is a very important ingredient in writing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I thought of one of your earlier comments when I wrote this. Maybe it is time? :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I know you understand when I say I do not understand a writer or artist who does not expose their inner human. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I happen to think you are a good writer and will only get better. I would love to see you tap into those parts of you that we have not seen yet, and I suspect it will come in time.

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, you said it quite nicely. Our feelings are unique and that is why they are so important in writing, to give us our unique writer's voice. Thank you my friend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Your words are so true. I am certainly moved when someone is baring their soul. You instantly connect with most people when they talk to you on a personal level as that is what it feels like. Having said that, I write a lot of informational hubs and occasionally something on a personal level. I am quite tied up in freelance writing as I get a lot of private orders, but that is just business. I also have an 89-year-old mother who is not well that I care for, so time is often limited for me right now.

      I probably should write on a personal level more often, though I really like my medical hubs as they give me great satisfaction when people write and tell me there particular problem. Sometimes I can help them.

      Excellent hub and I will think about your words.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Billy, you make such good arguments here. I admit that sometimes I am afraid to be emotional, afraid to write in the first person. I wonder if any cares about my story. Your hub is very encouraging. Thanks!

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      You hit the nail on the head. Without writing I would be still roaming around without direction in my own private hell. I am a adjective/adverb addict almost to a point that it can become detrimental.It may be why I love Hemingway he often used 20 word to describe one thing or action taken. (smile)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Excellent message Bill. This writing thing certainly is a form of therapy. It helps me to sort things out and escape when I write and especially when I read about the trials and tribulations of others. I'm not sure that I can move readers with emotion as you do but perhaps that is an area for me to explore down the road.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Billy,

      i feel that using your emotions in your writing is a great way

      to express yourself and to really create a great piece.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent words of advice that will truly get more readership.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Bill, wonderful, powerful thoughts and words! So glad to have read this! Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Also shared! You are certainly true to you own voice! Well done!

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Hey Bill, so true. I want to feel something when I read. You definitely write from the heart. I've been told my writing is honest, the problem is I need to stop procrastinating and write more of it! I hope you are well,

      Tara :)

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      While more true advice was never given, it's a powerful tall order that takes way more than the normal ounce of flesh to create. I greatly admire how you do it. God bless you, my friend, you are indeed a shining example of courage. That is what the kind of writing you speak of, and do routinely yourself is founded in, courage.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      billybuc, I love the authenticity of this piece, your heart, your photos; everything about this hub is genuine and there is so much to learn here. I know that pulling from real experiences and being able to express those experiences in our writing will make us better and help us to connect to our readers better. Thank you once again.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, yes, you are right. Vulnerability is something I have been able to achieve in certain settings, but to truly do it in my writing is a work in progress. Thank you for the encouragement. This will be what sets memorable writers apart from the rest.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      The best of the best leave themselves wide open emotionally I am currently reading about two ladies (Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Rawlings) both of whom expose much of themselves in their fiction and nonfiction. The honesty, the candor that is given forth in their writings and in the writing of many gives the reader a way to relate, often.

      You being willing to share your private struggle has sent a life line to many who may have never found one.

      Thank you for sharing this Bill.

      Angels are on the way right now to Olympia. :) ps

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You have hit the nail on the head here Bill. I agree with everything you have said. The best writing... the best poetry comes from deep within. Those who have suffered emotional turmoil write the most profound pieces, because their soul goes into their work.

      I know one of my pieces about child abuse gets a lot of traffic and it makes me feel better that others can relate and if it helps just one person it was worth bearing my most inner emotions.

      You couldn't have produced a better hub.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      If the emotions aren't there I am literally lost for words when it comes to writing poetry. Getting the emotions out is the key I think, and once they are out there the words just flow. I think writing makes you realise how detached you were from your emotions before you took it up. Thank you for another inspirational write Bill :-))

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm taking baby steps Bill...not quite there yet. I wonder if that's a good or bad thing for me, I do like to rant and purge though :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I definitely think there is a place for the type of writing you do. Informational article by nature should be objective. I almost mentioned that in this hub. Thank you for the comment and keep doing what you are doing. You provide an important service with your medical information.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, you express what many feel and think. It is not easy to expose oneself and speak in first person, but I do think that every person has a story that someone else can learn from.

      Thank you my friend and enjoy your Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laura, you are right about Hemingway and hey, it worked for him. I think there is a place for adjectives and adverbs in writing. I just think some writers use them far too much. :) Thanks for your comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, we all have our own styles. I think it helps to stretch a bit and try other forms. That is why I continually try to write "evergreen" hubs. It's not because I'm trying to make money off of them but rather an attempt to get better at that style of writing.

      Thank you, Bill, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Torrilynn, obviously so do I. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Deb! I happen to like your style and I think you are carving out a good niche for yourself. Keep on keeping on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Joan! I think it is vital that we be true to our own voice, whatever that voice may be. We can't be someone else....just does not work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tara my dear, how are you? I am well thank you, and you have no problem speaking with emotions. Your writing is gritty and emotionally charged and powerful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetvix, you are right of course. It is a powerful tall order and it does take some flesh with each piece that I write. For me it is therapy and a sincere attempt to help others by sharing my story. I appreciate greatly your respect, and you will always have mine.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, that is my hope, that others will learn to feel safe in writing from the heart. Writing should be about emotions. Not all the time of course, but certainly some of the time is good, right? :) Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Cam! I just want to see more writers spread their wings and try it.....not all the time, but certainly we have to stretch out and go where we might feel uncomfortable...it's the only way we are going to find out what we are capable of.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you are a good person my friend, and I have seen your write with emotion and do it quite well. That heart of yours is a mile wide and I want others to find the freedom in expressing themselves from the heart. :)

      Keep those angels coming. They are always appreciated.

      Blessings and hugs,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, you couldn't have produced a better comment. Thank you for perfectly stating what I was trying to say.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, poets know this better than anyone. Most poetry is music in words, and feelings transmitted from the heart to the reader in verse. You are a perfect, living example of this message. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I have seen it in you....your letter to cancer was powerful and filled with emotion, and one of the finest hubs I have read. Baby steps are definitely progress. :) Thank you my mentor.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, a very powerful piece of writing, and so true. It is one of the big challenges in writing - to share these dark, or conversely joyous experiences of the heart with others, especially unknown others. It does make for a much more eloquent story though. Thank you for this - it will be so valuable for many!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Writing from the heart rather than the mind is the hallmark of an arresting piece of writing. Well said, Bill.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great write and as you say we have to write from the heart about what we feel, tap into our emotions and share it with the world. Voted up.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Good advice for the creative writer.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Writing is about using five senses. If a writer uses his five sense to write, the text will arouse five senses in the readers. As a writer if we don't have emotions and feelings while writing, how could we expect our readers to be engaged in our writing.

      You have written yet another wonderful writing tutorial.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Another great one with perfect examples. Thank you for always putting out there what needs to be said! Writing is therapuetic and often cathartic for the writer and the reader alike. Thank you!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      In the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore has a Pensieve. It looks like a bowl and it's where he places his memories when his head can no longer contain them. It frees up his mind so he can keep functioning. That what writing is like for me. If I can put to paper what is on my mind, I feel like I can spend time on other more pressing concerns knowing my other thoughts are safely stored.

      I suppose I could use that method to give my writing more heart.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, check out my new hub, I just wanted to say thank you in my own peculiar way, hope you like it.

      This article is just another example of your kindness, generosity and altruism.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is wonderful, and so true. I love the beginning quote by Graham Greene. I wholeheartedly agree with that!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I agree with you obviously! I think writers need to do this, at least on occasion, in order to push themselves and find out just how good they are as writers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! It is not easy for many to do, but I think it is necessary to reach full potential.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, when we do, writing becomes a true art form. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, exactly, and that is an important distinction to make. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, you summarized it perfectly. There is a place in the world for technical and informational writing, but to write creatively one must tap into emotions. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I think you put it better than I did. Therapuetic and cathartic....that truly is what writing is to me. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I love the description. Bravo my friend, the perfect analogy. Not easy but oh so worth it.

      Thank you as always! I hope you are having a nice Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I will check it out soon. I have it marked to do so. Thank you for your kind words. Some day I hope we can meet as friends.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Karen! I fell in love with that quote as soon as I found it.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh, I love this one, as you might have guessed. No matter how hard I try to write a more practical article, I can't seem to keep emotion out of it so yes, it is therapeutic. I also think that the world we are living in is inadvertantly trying to eliminate human emotion from most things so it's more important than ever for those of us who write to try and keep it alive. I cannot imagine and do not want to live in a world without emotion. Fantastic piece my kindred spirit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you obviously do not need this hub. LOL You should be teaching a class in how to use emotions in writing. You are one with my heart, Kindred. Keep doing what you are doing. The world is a better place because of you.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Awwww! I love you too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love you too, Linda! Enjoy your Sunday my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, your words are so true. I first started writing in 1975. I called it poetry, but it was a release of my emotions, which were all over the place at the age of 18. I've been writing ever since. I put my heart into what I write (when I write for HP and myself). Emotions are direct connections to our souls. It is who we are. If we are to share ourselves, we must open up our souls and 'let it out'.

      I have just published my first poetry book, "Hearts and Rainbows - A Poetic Look at Life". My author's note tells the reader that the poems contained in the book are a young girl's feelings as she was dealing with life and becoming the woman she was meant to be and has finally become. I go further to explain that I've released my most heartfelt emotions in the hopes that others will find solace in learning who they are in whatever way works for them. Or something to that effect.....

      Writing is all about emotion and baring your soul. Not only does it help the writer, but it just may help someone else in the process.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Completely true Bill. Listen to your heart to tell you what you actually experienced and then allow your brain to express it. Writing without emotion is like a stock ticker report. Great Greene quote!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Writing to me, is such a Mixed Bag of Thoughts...Lots of Truth, a bit of Fiction, and maybe even some Laughs.

      I've missed coming to your Hubs Bill to Learn and Enjoy. And as usual, I am not disappointed.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Writing from our emotions is definitely a way to put color and depth into our writing. I am glad that you do it, because many times that is what draws people to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I didn't know about the poetry book. Bravo my friend! I am so proud of you and I hope you know that. Think about where you came from and where you are today. Unbelievable!

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, I kind of like your quote....writing without emotion is like a stock ticker report. Great line my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, you have been missed. I see you have a new hub. I'll be there shortly. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I agree with you. I would just be another writer if it were not for my style of sharing emotions and feelings. Thank you as always and I hope your evening is a good one.

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Billy, I love this ! "Let’s face it, it is a risk pouring your emotions out and becoming, in a sense, vulnerable. On the other hand, it is a supreme act of humanness to do so, for in expressing our emotions we are telling our readers that we understand them as human beings and that they are not alone in feeling what they feel." Beautiful, wise words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, thank you so much! It probably doesn't work for everyone but for me, it has helped me to find my true writing voice and for that I am grateful.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Yes, writing is a catalyst for self-reflection. Enjoyed your write-up, could bring up the emotions in me.

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting. SHARING as well.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Bill you are absolutely right. Emotion should be expressed by letting all your feelings come straight out. Sort of like if you would be speaking to the people eye to eye instead of through your writing. If you can get the emotions through the rest is easy. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      radhikasree, thank you so much! I am very happy that you found this useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, your example is right on! It is exactly like that. Thank you for that simile.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wise hub! I totally agree with you. Writing straight from the heart matters a lot. This helps writers to be more open-minded. Readers prefer reading articles or books that evoke feelings/emotions in them. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      And yet from my journalist days, we were taught not to write with our emotions.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ishwaryaa, it is so nice to see you my friend. I hope you have been well. Thank you for the visit and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, no doubt about it, journalists are supposed to be unemotional.....and I understand that, but I do not prefer it.

      Thanks as always for the visit.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I can do nothing but echo what everyone else has said before me. You are a very wise and caring individual, and an excellent writer. Writing from the heart creates a connection with the reader that goes deep down to the inner self. You are a master of that my friend ;) Voted way up+

      Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Pearl, thank you! I have a hard time taking compliments, and that was a dandy. I made the decision to write with emotions after the first month here at HP and I do not regret it at all.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can't imagine writing anything that you haven't felt or lived. You made the comparison between writing from the heart and just writing about something vividly clear. BTW, the video is disabled. Thank you for writing from your heart....

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      Tamara 4 years ago

      I am a new hubber and I found this particular hub to be inspiring. I have suppressed anger within me. It has the potential to violently erupt and cause the same devastation as a volcano. I hope it is a best seller.

      Tracie : )

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby and thank you for telling me about the video. Yep, from the heart is the only way to go when I really want to express myself, and you do it beautifully.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tracie, I hope you can find an outlet through your writing for that anger. Welcome to HubPages! If I can be of any help here on HP just drop me a line with any questions.

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      Tamara 4 years ago

      Thank you billybuc. I appreciate the encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Misplaced, you are very welcome.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Loved the read Mr. billybuc. It is so true, my favorite readings are those that allow their emotions to show through. This is a very educating hub. Thanks for sharing. thumbs up awesome useful and a share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kellyteam, I am very happy to hear that. Thank you and best of luck to you with your writing.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      l,,Very inspiring, Bill. Writing certainly can be very therapeutic, and when we see ourselves in the pages we read, we know we are not alone. When you talk about losing your Dad, dealing with your alcoholism, and the "kinship" you found with other authors, you are paving the way for so many to openly share themselves. As you said "there is power in the written word '', and you show it in this powerful hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      toknowinfo, thank you! My goal was to reach others with that intent....to help them leave their comfort zone and reach out....show themselves as humans.....take a risk by opening up. I know it is scary at first but isn't our goal to become a better writer?

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      billybuc--This piece is beautiful, true, and connects in a demonstration of itself. Thank you for sharing yourself through your writing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MrsBrownsParlour, I know of no other way to write. This is me....my legacy through my writing. Some day I might become the writer I hope to be. :) Thank you!

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      Keely Mahaffey 4 years ago from Maine

      Inspiring. True. And Profound. It's not worth reading unless there's a touch of the human element in it, and really, what's more human than raw emotion? It is a scary thing, putting yourself out there for others to see, but that's what leads to the ability to touch others, and isn't that the entire purpose of writing? To wrap someone up in not only the words you've written, but what they may mean?

      Writers are truly courageous.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keely, you stated it perfectly....to wrap someone up and touch others. That is truly how it feels to me. It's nice to know someone else feels that way. Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am glad you brought this part of writing out, Bill. At times I put much of my emotion into an article, it just helps to make it all come together. Thanks again for sharing from your experience, it is encouraging.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I think it so important that we connect with our readers on some level...and at times it helps us as well, and that's a nice bonus.

      Have a great weekend!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thanks Billy for sharing this gem. I found this useful and inspiring. Have a great weekend too! Doc.

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      Lauren 4 years ago from St. Louis

      Love this Billy! Thank you for giving me some inspiration. You seem to do that to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Doc! You are appreciated very much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Impounds, if I do then I am both happy and grateful. I want to see everyone succeed. The world needs writers. :)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing is such a stress reliever, putting thoughts down on paper and others commenting on your work makes one feels so free from the mind.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, DDE....great way to put it. Thank you!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Another great hub full of great advice. You have become a writing mentor to me. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Insightful, it is a pleasure working with you. I believe we can all learn from each other if we are open to the possibilities. You teach me as well my friend, so let's continue and see what we can learn tomorrow.

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