Writing Tips from William Wordsworth: Be Yourself
William Wordsworth expresses a simple concept that can be difficult to execute: being yourself.
Filling your paper with the breathings of your heart means being honest and raw in your writing. It means exposing yourself, taking risks, and being vulnerable. It means being passionate and caring about your work.
It’s easy to fall into the trappings of the marketplace. Vampires were popular, then zombies became a big hit. Writers, agents, and publishers leaped onto the bandwagon and soon the market was flooded with these stories, and some of them lacked that extra special something that makes good stories so good — and I suspect the missing ingredient was the authors’ honest connection with the work.
When you fill your paper with the breathings of your heart, you’re writing about things that matter to you, and it shows in your writing. What do you fill your paper with? Do the contents of your heart make it to the pages you write?