Open Your Notebook Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 4

 What I fear in writing is the safe direction.”

-Anne Rice
Sooner or later all writers have
to deal with emotion. The more skilled you become translating feelings
into words on a page, the more effective you will be in communicating
emotionally charged issues to the reader.

Honesty counts.
Open Your Notebook and
for 10 minutes write a note to a person you are in conflict with,
expressing your point of view. For this exercise don’t focus on if you
will or will not ever share your writing, the point is to write the
emotion. Does it start raw and uncontrolled for you? Or do you start
stilted and awkward? When you look back on what you’ve written pay
attention to how your control of the written emotion changes the longer
you are into the exercise.