Friday, November 19, 2010

Emotionally-charged writing

Yesterday I received an email from a friend of mine. She's kind of going through a tough time and so I asked her to type out exactly how she felt and send it to me. I will not, for privacy reasons, discuss the contents of the email but when I read it I literally felt her pain. There were few periods, less commas, and absolutely no structure to the email, but the writer in me found the intensity of the words absolutely beautiful. I think this would be a great exercise for any writer. When you feel lost or sad or overjoyed with happiness, write it down or type it out. Do not worry about structure, punctuation, or any of those silly things we writers live by. Instead, just write exactly what you feel and send it to yourself. I bet you will be amazed when you read it later.

On a separate note a few funny details, and I am interested to know if you do this, too. I have a few words that my mind misspells continuously. A crit partner will point it out and I can feel my face flush over in embarrassment. I then wonder if I am a complete and total moron. :) Here is my list, what's yours?

Peaked -- should be peeked
Shutter -- should be shudder

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!


* P.S. I received a full request this week! So yeah, I'm kind of on cloud nine right now. <- Cliché alert! :)


  1. Congratulations on the full request! What great news. Cheering you on to the next step...

    As for misspellings? Don't have any particulars there, but I keep messing up on farther/further and which one to use where :-)

    I like your idea of letting the words flow when feeling different emotions. Adding it to my writing exercise idea list...