How do you mend a broken heart?
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Written by
Karyne Corum
January 2013
Contributor
Written by
Karyne Corum
January 2013

The answer is, you don't. What you should do is sit down at the keyboard and start typing. Maybe just five words to start with, but by golly it's something, isn't it? Besides what may be feeding those first five words are the first drops of blood that slip from that offended organ.

A writer, a really good one, must possess the ability to sift and sort, like a rabid Indiana Jones, through the sands of mental mayhem that we call ourselves.  Living in the bubble of self-ignorance isn't an option for writers, especially those who want to reach out and get their readers involved in the story. 

A writer can't ask a reader to sink their their emotions into the story if they don't. If a writer doesn't give as much as they desire to get, then they shouldn't dare to think for one minute they'll get anything back.  Hearts were made to be broken, battered, bruised, even bashed against the proverbial rocks now and again.  They were born to survive it, to thrive on it, and in the end to triumph over the tribulations with a certain glee.

 

If, as a writer, you believe that your heart should be pristine, perfect and plump with love and adoration for the world then you're not thinking with a writers heart. Our hearts bleed, weep, flop and flail on the ground like a hooked fish, they see more action than a Bruce Willis flick. They are often desiccated as a mummy's lips from kissing the world. Don't get me started on the toad population!

In short, a writers heart should lead them through a perilous minefield of emotional exploration and discovery each and every day. What you discover, about yourself, your ability to recover and even, the bittersweet price of betrayal and regret, will lead you to being a writer that can't be ignored. The kind who tells a story that can break hearts and maybe, even mend them.

It's all in a days words.

Karyne

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  • Marja McGraw

    Good post! Life is full of more drama than we need, but we have to learn to deal with it and move on, and so must our characters and their situations. For that reason I write stories that are light reading with some humor. The drama is there, but I try to keep it to a minimum. Every life experience, every emotion and all of the blood, sweat and tears go into our books. I just try to give readers a break from the every day angst that we all share. I hope that makes sense.

    Actually, I find writing to be very therapeutic. It sounds like you do, too.

  • Sunny Frazier

    Yes, we cut that main artery and bleed all over the page. A frightening process. Unbiased introspection is one of the hardest things to do. Without it, any writing is superficial. A writer is continually forced to look at their unvarnished versions of themselves and make a pact to be honest with their muse.

    However, craft is taking the ego out of what we've discovered, sopping up the blood to remember--it's all about the story and the reader. Readers can sense when something is from "real life," it doesn't have to be shoved in their faces. Yes, you've bared your soul and unleashed the demons, but don't wait to be applauded. You're going to have to do it the next day as well.

    The whole point of the writing process is to uncover what we call the "Universal Message." You are displaying your pain so readers can identify because they aren't asked to do it in their daily lives (except to visits with their therapist. Writers are too poor to afford therapists, although we're all crazy enough to need them).

    Good post.