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Relationships. We all have them. It’s part of living. The relationships we choose to experience impact us on various emotional levels. When experiencing a relationship with someone you love, what happens between you can have a powerful effect on how happily you live your life.

Recently my son mustered up the courage to ask his girlfriend to take the next step in their relationship, to become his wife.

Wow, such a huge step to commit yourself fully to one person for the rest of your life! For Alex, he knew it was time. He was experiencing a multitude of emotions that included fear of the unknown, as well as the positive excitement of envisioning a bright future with the woman he loves.

The proposal took place near Morrison, Colorado, above the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. If you don’t know this spot, it’s an incredible location–the perfect setting to appreciate such an intimate moment.

As Alex got down on one knee and opened the ring box to his future wife, his nerves were on edge, and his emotions were running high.

As the excitement mounted, tears of joy weren’t far behind. And, thankfully, the answer to his question was an overwhelming, “Yes!”

How often do you get excited about your relationship?

And even more so, do you get excited about the relationship you have with your writing?

The way you write can have an extraordinary effect on your readers. Striving to accomplish this goal’s important if you want to be a successful writer.

Capturing the human experience in your writing’s paramount. When a writer’s successful in doing so, it’s like taking a photo that preserves that special moment in time forever. You’ve made a lasting impression.

Colorful descriptions using powerful adjectives bring writing to life.

You not only visualize more strongly what’s been written, you also experience a specific impact that creates an emotional connection.

E.L. Doctorow said,

“Good writing is supposed to evoke good sensation in the reader–not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”

Years ago I studied dance–loving how I was able to create a movement that expressed a specific feeling, communicating the highs and lows of a moment in time, and connecting this work to an audience.

I recorded the choreography I created in a dance notation system called, Labanotation. With this system, I documented the dynamics of dance movement, the parts of a dancer’s body, using symbols on a staff, showing the direction of the dancer’s movement, and what the tempo was as the dancer moved throughout the piece.

Whether you’re dancing, creating an informative article, blogging, or writing a book, all writers face the challenge of getting their writing started.

  • You can set a timer for ten minutes and write down whatever is on your mind just to get the brain muscles moving.
  • Avoid staring at a blank screen by keeping a journal that you write ideas in that have popped into your head. You can take these ideas and expand them into an article or a book you’re writing.
  • Carry a journal with you and record any ideas that come to mind unexpectedly.
  • Keep a separate journal or notebook by your bedside.

Some of your best work may come to you when you wake in the night or in the early morning hours. Write your thoughts down before you go back to sleep, so you won’t lose a good idea forever!

What are your biggest writing successes or struggles?

This week I invite you to take time to discover what you love about writing and to identify your greatest writing struggle.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Send your thoughts to me at [email protected].

 Photo Credit: Nadim Merrikh,