Writing Tips from William Wordsworth: Be Yourself

quotes on writing“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
– William Wordsworth

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?

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Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.


4 Responses to “Writing Tips from William Wordsworth: Be Yourself”

  1. I loved this message and not only shared on my author page but on my main Facebook as well. I wanted all my friends to see it. I loved Wordsworth… 🙂

  2. Chris Smith says:

    ‘The Breathings of your Heart’ … What a beautiful phrase. Only Wordsworth could have come up with that.
    When I have allowed my heart to breathe my writing has surprised me. There’s definitely a ‘zone’ I’m in when this happened.