Make yourself vulnerable. Get over those insecurities and put yourself in your writing. Bare your soul, showing the world your passion for the story and its characters.
Be wholly in control, but let yourself go, giving yourself the freedom and permission to make mistakes.
Ignore the trends. Ignore what you think other people will want to read and instead write what you want to read.
Be brave enough to break the rules, making certain you have a full knowledge of how and why the rules work in the first place.
Ignore the urge to write for publication, but know what works for publication within your target market and, more importantly, why it works.
Listen to your characters, but decide for yourself if what they want is what you want for the story.
Be honest with your emotions and those of your characters. Delve into the truth of a scene and don't be afraid to explore what you find there.
Know only you can write the story, but be open to outside influences.
Broaden your experiences--this includes reading widely and frequently--because they will influence not only what you write, but the way you write it. They will steer you away from writing copies of someone else's story.
Practise. Like anything, writing from your heart takes practise. So keep writing.
What helps you to write from your heart?
Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by Alex J Cavanaugh. Members of the group post on the first Wednesday of every month. Everyone is welcome. If you haven't already, then please sign up HERE.
The Insecure Writer's Support Group website has launched!
I have the honour of being one of the admins for the site, along with Joy Campbell, Joylene Nowell Butler, Susan Gourley/Kelley, Michelle Wallace, L. Diane Wolfe and, of course, the Ninja Captain and spark behind it all, Alex J Cavanaugh. As a team, we helped to put it together and are currently working hard to build it into something truly special.
Along with being chock full of writerly resources, the site will offer encouraging and helpful posts on writing. We will post every Monday and the first Wednesdays. We hope to eventually open up the Wednesdays to guest posts too. So please check it out HERE.
We've also set up a Facebook group. We'd love to see you there!
Oh and our twitter hastag is still #IWSG
How has the Insecure Writer's Support Group helped you?