John Bayne

Writing Love Letters with Heart
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 Writing of love, about love or while in love can be challenging. We all have read sappy, soapy and drippy love stories. They infuriate us with overt sentimentality as other well-written stories make us weep. Writing of love asks us to almost take the middle ground. Where do you start? First decide what you want to write. Once you have established the "what" then establish the how. That is, what approach could you take? Are you optimistic or cynical? Have you been hurt and want to share your sad tale? You could write a love sonnet, a play, short story or even a screenplay. The choices are endless and depend on your abilities and sense of adventure. Annie Lamott, Stephen King and other established writers suggest writing the bad first draft. Write it all down. Sometimes the words lead you in the direction you should take. A great love sonnet was on your mind but what shows up on the paper is the story of your most favorite teacher in grade school. Loving the Artist Within Where do you feel love? I feel love in my heart; sometimes it is like a rush in my belly. If we can't love the artist within us, we won't create. Through loving ourselves and creating we can love others more fully. The best gift to give the world is our creativity. Love takes courage. It requires an open heart, it asks us to rise to the occasion and be an active participant in life. As artists, we must be engaged fully in living otherwise our art can be lifeless. Take time everyday to do your craft. Art is not a selfish act. Great artistic creations can benefit the world for centuries. Maybe your art will not become well known but actively participating in it will send ripples out into the world. You may never know how your well-turned word has helped another. While exploring this idea of love remember to love yourself first.

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