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#SoCS – Heart and soul


Every day I do it.

Put my heart and soul into my work.

And still, I don’t feel like I do enough.

Because if it takes me an hour to write a good sentence,

or twenty minutes to edit one,

I haven’t the product–I haven’t been productive.

Writing is a skill

or I should say writing well is a skill–writing poetically is a skill

unlike building a wall of brick and mortar.

Because unlike the repetitive nature of building a wall,

no two sentences are quite alike.

No two stories are alike.

They each have their fingerprint,

the fingerprint of the author.

The soul of the author.

The experiences that make the author who he or she is.

So just because I don’t bang out a story in a few weeks,

doesn’t mean I’m not working.

Perhaps it just means my heart and soul

are unready to let it go.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

27 thoughts on “#SoCS – Heart and soul

  1. This is so encouraging. We are not alone. … if it takes me an hour to write a good sentence ….


  2. I really enjoyed reading this. Knowing there is someone out there who gets the struggle of the ground work you have to put in to release a good piece of art is comforting to me. It helps me know that I am not alone in this.


  3. One of my favorite blog prompt pages was recently taken down, and I went into this writing slump. I wasn’t able to find the words to clearly articulate what I was feeling. But now that I’ve found this page, I think I might be able to bring back that fire, that drive to create content worth reading. Thank you for giving this prompt!


  4. To me, writing is not about the output but the process.
    If you’re at your writing, you are working at your writing.
    A word. A sentence. A poem. A story. A book.
    Editing, too.
    It is all part of the work.
    All the soul of writing.
    To me.


  5. I enjoyed this. I can’t say I spend twenty minutes writing a sentence ever but my sister does.


  6. That’s a great way to think about it. You can’t put creativity on a schedule. Take it as it comes.


  7. Making words work in the way you want is an extremely tough skill. It can take an age ❤️


  8. I completely agree with you Sis.
    Writing takes time and soul, writing well takes even more . 🌹🌹🌹


  9. I absolutely understand. I think it is like that with any art form. When I “try” to make it work, it never does, because it comes from emotion – and that depends on the balance of the energy you have at that moment. Because when it is time for the pieces to come together – when I am recording music – I don’t plan it. I don’t write it out and decide what piano keys to hit. I’m an improv composer. I know when the time is right. I hit the record button and play and later listen to what came out. I am involved in more than one type of “art”. There was much that took me many many years to understand. Learn to trust it and it will be there.


  10. I hear you. Sometimes we’re just not ready to publish a post. It takes us many hours to do one because our mind is not focused. Thanks for doing this prompt.


  11. I’m glad there are people out there like you that know how to edit. It is the bane of my existence. When I read anyone’s work I see the movie in my head and never the mistakes or need for better structure. I’m glad you have the heart and soul to put into it.


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