On Writing

What Is At Your Writing Core?

What is at your writing core? And by your writing core, I mean the main message or goal or theme in your writing. No matter what you write, this central piece shines through in your work.

This one is easy for me.

What exists at my writing core, like the sun in my writing soul’s world, is LOVE.

No matter what form I’m writing in – poetry, short story, play, novel – what drives my characters and their lives and actions is most often love.

It’s really like I can’t help it. This is how I know it’s my ‘thing’. It’s my writing core. If I’m not writing about love – that includes falling in and out of it, the pain or joy of it, or the complete lack or over abundance of it – then that means I am consciously telling myself and pleading with my characters to please have a different motivation and/or foundation.

It seems as though the more I write, and the more I shift from format to format, I am consciously making choices to write from a different place, to explore those unexplored spaces in my heart, soul and mind where the dark stuff froths like spit around a rabid dog’s snout.

It’s easy for me to write about love. And I don’t mean easy in the sense that it all pours out of me without any focus or struggle, and with a simple speed. Sometimes I get spurts of writing like this, but not often. These are sacred moments that thrill me and that I know are gifts to help me keep going during the rest of the time when the words need to be forcep-ed out of me. What I mean is that my ‘voice’ wants to speak about love. My stories want to weave love. My characters want to experience love. It is their goal – to want it or need it or give it or lose it or take it away…

It follows that I should tell you I’m a lover not a fighter. And I don’t mean that in any kind of joking way. I’m terrible with confrontation. I want everyone to get along. I want everyone to live from love. I want to shake my love and the love of the world onto everyone with a giant love shaker. I teach my kids that the most important thing in the world is love.

Writing about love is breathing.

And love hurts. It hurts as much as it feels good. This is my truth. And this seeps into my writing like the sun into my skin. I can’t help it. And yet, I know that sometimes it’s okay to have a cloudy day. To embrace life without love. And, you know what? I like it. There’s a new story I’m writing – that is forcing its way out of me despite my attempts at making it wait ‘cuz I’ve got to finish my love stories first! – that examines what is at my core: is love the most important thing in the world?

I believe it is important to be aware of and embrace what our ‘core’ messages are. The truth is, at least for me, that no matter what, our core messages will find their way into our work. Identifying what is at your writing core may take some time. It may take no time at all. It may uncover some important information about who you are as human being. It may reflect the image of yourself that you see every day in the mirror – if you look into your own eyes. Into your own soul.

What is at your writing core?

3 thoughts on “What Is At Your Writing Core?

      1. It’s in everything I write. Everything. I hope someday to grow out of it, to not need it any more, to get my energy from a more positive source. But for now, that’s where I am.


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