Which guides writing - mind, heart, soul, a mix, or is synergistic?
Perhaps type of writing - informational, fiction, prose, and poetry is to be considered while some or all of each elements are alive in those.
Synergy man For me, I have to have it in my heart (which is the same as soul as far as I'm concerned) and then in my mind to visualize, formulate the words, then make it real
But the synergistic process seems simultaneous to me. The moment inspiration hits, the ideas and images begin to formulate and take on a life of their own. I just have to get to my recorder or computer fast enough to get it down.
Whatever the writing, head has to lead the way. Depending on the slant in fiction 'heart' has its place, although style also depends on presentation and that's 'heads up' as well. Poetry probably also relies on 'head' to some extent (metre etc), although the content is down to the individual as long as it's not soppily presented. No-one likes to read 'soppy' stuff, even poetry. I don't dabble in poetry.
Straight prose - with a twist of humour maybe - is more up my street. Everybody needs to be lightened up a bit whilst they're being enlightened. You can overdose on 'Gothic' poetry. Being immersed in the 'dark humours', Keats, Shelley & Co. all tended to dabble in the laudanum doses. I suppose it helped them attune themselves and it sold well in Victorian England - or pre-20th Century polite US/Canadian society.
Your 'soul' shows in your writing style through your choice of words and how you place them. Your head tells you your writing is worth reading.
As for 'synergistic', see above (Keats, Shelley) and see where that gets you: short cut to the padded cell and long-sleeved jerkin. Where's the fun in that? Besides, you wouldn't appreciate your Hub-Pages PayPal payouts, would you... (rhetorical question).
I was taught to write with my mind at college e.g. Report Writing being one of the skill sets I learnt as part of my ONC Business Admiration qualification (equivalent to 2 ‘A’ Levels). Report Writing (which is structured, factual and objective) became an essential part of my job as I moved from clerical work into middle management.
However, having taken early retirement I can now write for pleasure, but for the ideas to flow I need to write with feeling (my heart), combined with my knowledge and experience in the subject.
Although to stay focused on the factual and retain objectivity (which is my preference to subjective writing) I also need to use my head (mind); and by doing so then the ‘whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts’ (synergy).
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