Freeing The Writer Within

Olyra By Olyra, 20th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Letter writing is a beautiful craft, an undisputed vehicle of our emotions, a tested instruments of our imaginations and expressions. It is one of the most vintage writing craft of all times. In old days and even at present, letters are still considered among the most reliable conveyance of our love, longings and all other kinds of feelings to move others and sooth the cares in them.

The Major Points in Letterwriting

Are you one of those who crave the thoughts of writing and yet, don't seem to know how to start? Writing is very much rewarding. It helps your veins take stressful thoughts into the deep pit and seek the windows of refreshing and recharging outlets.

On the other hand, especially for the gentlemen, you don't want your rival(s) to sway your way behind them when he has been winning your would-be-girlfriend's heart with his pages of love renditions, right? This is head-cracking when you know you are almost at the finish line fishing for her precious Y-E-S.

Corny as it may seem, but the aforementioned scenario is still one of the most discussed subjects - love, in letter writing between two individuals who burned in a compassionate affair, whether you want to believe this or not. Nest to it is friendship. (My gratitude to those who still believe in the power of letter writing, in spite of the interference of the electronic mail. Truly, nothing can be compared to the most effective tool in moving one's soul.). We write letters about these subjects to express our feelings toward things we are very much bothered, concerned or occupied with.

Writing is a self-expression. We write to communicate idea and to “soothe the cares and lift the thoughts of other persons.” Whatever you are, whoever you are, no exemption exists, especially in this field of writing --letter writing. Here, the reader does not only read the lines (in the epistle or missive--other names for letter) and absorb the thoughts containing the letter, but also reading the writer himself/herself.

If you are still learning this craft, you can still learn how to write perfectly, at least with mechanism. It takes a long process to be a writer, even just simply making a letter. Most of all, you must have the urge inside to scribble into the lines the thoughts which you may have in mind. It is called the passion to write, and first thing is you have to develop and continue this craft simultaneously.

In an old book titled, Writing Down The Bones (Freeing The Writer Within), author Natali Goldberg writes: “Place where you are writing what you mind actually sees and feels, not what it thinks it should see or feel.”

“The aim is to burn through to first thoughts to the place where the energy is unobstructed by social politeness or the internal censor, to the place where you are writing what your mind actually sees and feels, not what it thinks it should see or feel.”

Goldberg's pointers for making the best billet-doux:

Just keep your hands moving and writing. Don't pause to reread the line you just wrote.

Don't cross out. That is editing as you write. Even if you put down something you didn't mean to say, leave it for the moment.

Don't worry about spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Don't even be concerned with staying within the margins and lines on the page.

Lose control. Let your feelings speak for yourself.

Touch a nerve. If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy. After you've made your rough draft of everything you want to say, begin improving on it without appearing colorless. Purge all unnecessary words from each sentence.

Be original. It's easy to slide into clichés in a love letter, don't. Include appropriate quotations, but always name their author (e.g., “When I think of what your love has done for me, I remember the words of Elizabeth Barret Browning: “The face of all the world is changed, I think since I heard the footsteps of thy soul.”

Be cautious in the beginning stages of romance. Effusive love letters have killed relationships.

Time it right. Don't send love letters on a birthday, anniversary, or when you are in a quarrel. Like all forms of unbridled affection, a mushy note is most effective when it comes as a surprise.


Goldberg’s pointers are simply the basic backbones in writing. These are the ideas that can simply guide you in allowing words to capture your feelings and your thoughts. Let your feelings come out and be read. Ideas are meant to be expressed, read, known and most of all, journalise in any way we can. In this digital era of ours, every word to express our emotions are meant to be captured, documented and the best of all is to be remembered through our writings.

Identify your self through your own words. Find life in the universe of writing.

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Letter Of Love, Letters From The Heart, Love, Natali Goldberg, Writer, Writing Down The Bones

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author avatar Olyra
I am poet and very much passionate about writing. I indulge in literary not just for pleasure but as a lifetime career. Features and literary writing are my areas of concentration.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
21st Jun 2011 (#)

Olyra,
Beautifully presented.

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author avatar Olyra
21st Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks Rath, hope this is a good reference for others in writing beautiful letters.

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author avatar Googlefu
22nd Jun 2011 (#)

a good read!

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author avatar Abioye Munashe
22nd Jun 2011 (#)

lovely...thanks for writing

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Jun 2011 (#)

How weird,my comment seems to have vanished! This is a great article, Olyra, and I am still old fashioned enough to love receiving letters, and writing them too. Some great advice here...

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