Monday, February 14, 2011

LOVE in Writing

I learned something else from J.S. Bell: acronyms are fun!

L = Live
Don't be afraid to try new things. Jump into life with your two feet and no parachutes. Enjoy the rush, cry when you crash, meet new friends and ignore the enemies. Life isn't meant to be lived hidden in a tiny bedroom. Go out, see the world and learn to love it, with all its imperfections.

O = Optimism
Believe in yourself. Keep a bright outlook on your career and don't give up at the slightest hump in the road. This isn't about believe you're the one exception. This is about believe that with time, hard work and perseverance, you can do it. Don't complain all the time. Life isn't bleak; it's fun. Smile and keep working!

V = Veracity
Be yourself. Whether in your writing or on the internet, don't try to be someone else. You're unique. That's what makes you interesting. Be true to what you believe in. Don't lie or hide. But remember to respect others who do the same. There's a little spot of the internet for everyone.

E = Experience
Draw from your past experiences and those of others. Observe the world. Observe people. Remember how it feels to be jealous. To be in love. To be terrified. To be happy. Expand on these emotions. Seek the universal in them. Admire the particular. Share what you learn in your writing.

More importantly, however, learn to LOVE what you write. Your story and characters are beautiful. They deserve your love and attention.

Keep writing. Keep living. Keep loving.


  1. This is a great idea and I loved the words you put to L O V E. Live, optimism, veracity, experience. All so very integral to good writing (and good life!)

  2. Thanks, Margo! You're right, these are all things I try to apply to my life. They're not all that matters, but they speak a lot of how I roll. :)