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Write from the heart and the words will flow

April 16, 2013

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It was late in the evening. The awards had been handed out; the meal had been finished. Most of us were ready to go home. But we still hadn’t heard from the keynote speaker.

I know I was ready to call it a night. But as they often say, the best was saved for last. The speech, delivered by an Israeli soldier, was to put it candidly, one of the most powerful talks I’ve ever heard.

He spoke about what it meant to be a Jew, of growing up and experiencing bigotry in England, of seeing first-hand some of the violence perpetrated against himself and his brothers and later in battle.

The speech was an earnest, straight-forward account of what the state of Israel means to him. His words were not only spoken with conviction, but delivered articulately in the commanding voice of a military man.

While sitting there listening to this young man, watching him deliver his words with this strong, unwavering presence as he faced the audience, I couldn’t help but wonder if he’d been trained in public speaking. I thought: Here is a man who could well have a future in politics, or really any other field that he chose to follow.

Everyone was floored by his speech. My wife marveled at how someone, especially someone so young, could deliver such an astonishing talk, one that held such away over his audience and literally had everyone shaking their heads afterwards.

“What a speech. How did he do that?” she asked.

“He spoke from the heart,” I said.

Think of the things you feel strongly about in your life. Perhaps those are the matters you should be putting to paper. Those thoughts, those emotions, those events in our lives that have truly moved us are worth writing about.

When we write from our hearts we can have the words flowing in no time at all. We can write books that are as riveting as that speech I heard, the one given by a man with such conviction in his heart.

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6 Comments
  1. Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere and commented:
    Wise words for writers.

  2. Olivia Stocum permalink

    I love this. I feel the same way. I HAVE to write from my heart. Sometimes… it’s all I have.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. Writing should always come from the heart.

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