VALUES-BASED WRITING

VALUES-BASED WRITING

Developing your own thoughts and feelings about what has value for you, the storyteller and poet, can help you connect with your audience.   But, in order to connect, you do have to know your own heart.

ALL IT TAKES IS HEART

Memoir-writer Annette Simmons, in her book, WHOEVER TELLS THE BEST STORY WINS:  How To Use Your Own Stories To Communicate With Power and Impact, tells us, “Unless you bring a beating heart to your message, it is dead.  But, when you tell your own heartfelt stories about what is meaningful in your life and work, you get the hang of finding stories that frame life and work in emotionally meaningful ways for your audience.”  It is the heartfulness you bring to a work that opens up the hearts of those around you.

The questions you need to ask yourself are these:

  • What moves you?
  • What makes you cry rivers of tears?
  • What makes you angry enough to go postal?
  • What triggers a belly laugh?
  • What yearning makes you reach for the moon?

Connect your listeners or readers to those things, and they will walk away satisfied.  You will get the chance to turn on a lightbulb or start another dance.  You may even blow their minds.

Fail to do it, and you will bore them into apathy and indifference.  They will yawn and slouch away.

BEING NOT-BORING

Nobody is bored by a glimpse into somebody else’s world.  Nobody will be indifferent when they feel the connection  that comes when similarities or differences are revealed.  They may be surprised or dismayed or entranced by it all, but they will not be bored, if you can pull out your valued treasures and do a show-and- tell.

Robin Manuell’s You-Tube video about Hypnotic Storytelling points you in the right direction:

Awww, come on.  How hard can it be?  They teach this stuff to preschoolers!

Here’s another poem:


WALK IN THE WORLD

I have to believe that

There is meaning and mana

To be found in my walk

Through this World of Dust.

Otherwise, it seems to me,

It would be a better plan to

Just pick up my marbles

And go on home.

 

I mean,

What’s the point?

 

If I’m just going to sit there

And not join in the fun

Turning myself into some

Shiny, boring lump of bright stuff

That doesn’t DO anything except

Soak in celestial juices…

 

I mean…wow!

Where’s the music?

Where’s the stories?

Where’s the dance?

 

Wise guys say this world’s all

Illusion and mirrors made

Of smoke and tears. 

They say you have to give it up,

Give it over, just let it all go.

And maybe they’re right.

Who am I to say they are not?

But, there is something in me that rebels.

Something that says, “No…Not!”

Something keeps telling me

Their wisdom falls short somehow.

 

What if I don’t WANT to be a space-cadet,

Ignoring the dusty world,

All focused on the godhead inside me?

What if MY godhead wants to

Dance out joy and fiercest passion?

What if MY godhead wants to

Laugh uproariously

Act outrageously

Laugh insanely,

And fly to the farthest reaches of starlight

And back again?

 

How does sitting there get me to that?

By Netta Kanoho

Picture credit:  “Show and Tell” by Erin M McCuskey via Flickr [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

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6 thoughts on “VALUES-BASED WRITING

  1. Hm, it is a very strange and nice article that got me thinking that the only way to write in a interesting way is to express your emotions. That’s it. Really good insight on the subject. I have a hard time writing my own blog so this article comes at the right moment for me. I guess it’s one more proof that in life nothing is random. Thank you for opening my eyes.

    1. Hey SaM: Thank you for your visit and comments. I’m glad you feel the post has helped. Another related post on the website, Conjuring Feelings, talks about developing an “emotion vocabulary” that might also be a good thing for you to explore.

      Please do come again….

  2. Basically what we need to do is inspire one other with our words (writing)! It’s true that everybody has a little curiosity about other people’s lives (at least I know I do!), mostly because we can relate to different things people are going through at any given moment, or just that we’re relieved that we aren’t the only ones that are going through that particular event. So don’t be intimidated, write from the heart. I enjoyed this poem immensely.

    1. Hey Jill:

      Thank you for your visit and your comments. Please do come again….

  3. Martinus Kevin K says:

    Yes, we’re connected through many human expression… a poem, storytelling, song, dance, we’re connected to each other… like a modem that connected us to the internet, art is an awesome thing that triggers human emotions.

    What we express is like transmitter a to the receiver, then each of them react based on each experience.

    The real connection is not on the art qualities. Each person can do that by training. Emotion can be connected based on true story, not by stereotype or issue that be affected by media… and Bounded trough Passion.

    As Passion grow mature, bond gets stronger… the qualities themselves will grow without even training the tone, body language… Just let it flow, keep moving, keep to live… and the most of that, Keep to be True (be genuine)

    Thanks for Share~

    1. Hey Martinus:

      Thanks so much for your visit and your thoughts. I do appreciate it. Please come again….

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