Archive for March, 2012

Writing From the Heart

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

“When you write from the heart, you not only light the dark path of your readers, you light your own way as well.” ~ Marjorie Holmes

It’s nearly impossible for a writer to express themselves without leaving a part of his and/or her heart on the page. Could this also be the reason why so many writers are reluctant to share what they’ve written with others?

In my case, as with many other writers, writing is personal. I literally open my heart and allow what is within to flow forth onto a blank page. It’s not a natural reaction. My psyche wants to stay well hidden. My soul is in a safe place and it doesn’t want to reveal its hiding place. I fill my day with senseless time-consuming activities to blot out the desire to write.

But, once again my never-ending desire to write overrides my fear of revealing my innermost thoughts. When writing begins, my heart opens and the words tumble out so quickly that they sometimes trip and stumble in their haste to find their way to a no longer blank page.

Writing from the heart is invigorating and energizing. A spirit that was once tired and feeling defeating is suddenly rejuvenated, victorious, and feeling as if all things are possible. When a writer writes from the heart, fear is removed and the desire to create is released.  A prisoner no more, words burst from my heart and illuminate my world. What I find illuminating will illuminate another. It’s a cycle that has no clear beginning and absolutely no ending.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2012

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Your and You’re

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Am I the only one who has noticed that your has become a replacement for you’re? I started noticing it in Facebook posts. Now that we’re able to view blog posts, tweets, and on-line communities are popping up across the Internet, I’m seeing your as a shortened version of you’re more often than ever.

Is this being done deliberately? Or is it being done out of pure ignorance? I prefer to believe the former. But, what concerns me most is that many will begin to think that using your instead of you’re is proper because it’s used so often in cyber space. The user is only saving two keystrokes. So, for the sake of excellence, let’s talk about how your and you’re should be used.

Your is considered a possessive form of you. It shows possession as in the example, “Your coat is red”. The use of your indicates that the red coat belongs to you.  

You’re is a contraction or shortened version of you are. For example, “You’re my guest” or “You are my guest”.

I’m not preaching to the choir. The use of your or you’re can be considered personal preference. My concern is that so much communication occurs via the Internet and that many perceptions are formed based on what the reader reads on the Internet. When I thank someone for something, I want their response to be “You’re welcome” and not Your welcome”. What are your thoughts?

Written by Lorraine Castle 2012©

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Inner Music

Friday, March 16th, 2012

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.” Truman Capote

As a writer, do you at times feel as though writing and breathing are one and the same? Writing is like reaching deep within the innermost part of your soul and pulling out that thought that has been buried within you for so long that it’s impossible to dislodge it without leaving a permanent scar. There is pain. There is regret. There is hope. Once that innermost pain is dislodged, the soul can breathe and it can flourish. What was previously considered a painful experience, a thorn in your side, is now therapeutic and refreshing.   Such is the life of a writer.

Writing from the soul creates the inner music that soothes your soul and generates life that flows through your creative fingertips as words dance and leap from your soul to your mind, into your fingers, to finally rest upon what was a virgin white piece of paper.

Writing is one of the few things on this earth that can be frustrating and exhilarating at the same time. It releases imprisoned emotions and fills the once-stagnant air with a refreshing scent that fills your nostrils until you become light-headed with excitement and anticipation of the yet unknown finished product.

Writing is like breathing. There is no known substitution.  Writers must write!

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2012

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