It’s absolutely true, successful writers write about love. I will even go one step further with this proclamation: successful writers only write about love.
Before you blurt out (at the top of your lungs) a proclamation about how wrong I am, or a laundry list of countless other ways to write to disprove my obviously naïve statement, let me add one little word to my declaration.
It’ll serve as the epoxy that ties this all together for eternity.
That word is ‘with’. Not only do successful writers write about love, they write with (and even, must write with) love.
You can’t bake a cake without flour
In everything you do, and in all aspects of life, there is one key ingredient in all you endeavor. Sometimes it’s greed; sometimes it’s anger. Sometimes it’s joy (personal or delivered); sometimes it’s sadness and fear. Some of the greatest works ever accomplished came from the blues, or desperation.
But even those negative emotions and reasons have roots originating from one thing: love. People feel the negative emotion because they want to get back to the other emotion — love. We feel sad because we aren’t happy. We feel angry because things don’t go our way, or we aren’t doing something we love.
What that means to you as a writer
Let me remind you of a couple of age-old axioms here: “The pen is mightier than the sword” and “Speaking with a fork-ed tongue”. You may succeed in getting a point across using hatred and vitriol, but you will pay the ultimate price in the end.
The ultimate price? Your ability to garner any audience at all, much less hold or build one. Isn’t that your prime responsibility as a writer — as a scribe — to take the thoughts of man and place them on paper, for others to share in their inherent knowledge?
Take the high road – love
Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote, “Love what you are doing, and then sell the love.” He didn’t qualify that. Indeed, it’s much too powerful a statement to qualify it at all. It is a universal instruction, one of life’s hidden gems.
In writing, as in everything else, if you don’t ultimately take the high road, the one heading for that expression of love, you will fail. You can slay dragons, right injustices, cure every ill the world offers. But if you do it for any other reason whatsoever than love, you will fail in the long run.
You can capture the essence of your dissatisfaction of something with sharp, rapier wit and words pointed and barbed. But unless your ultimate goal is to help others, to keep them from harm and danger, and share the problem through love, you will not enjoy lasting success.
People will see your writing as a tirade. Or they may even brush you off as a maniac, one not worthy of reading past your first statement filled with sensationalism and grandstanding. And your audience will flee. They may even outright attack you, as I’ve witnessed before.
Herein lies the air to breathe in to your writing…
…to bring it to life
We all need love, same as we do the very air we breathe. We seek love, we relish in the moments of love. And most importantly, we are drawn to love in our lives like moths to a flame. Only, this flame only warms the very recesses of our souls, it will not burn us.
Successful writers know this. True masters know that every crafting of words, every illustration by way of word pictures, must paint a portrait of love. Love — both for ourselves, and for others. As Dr. Dyer pointed out, we must feel the love, see the love, and indeed, be love.
Then and only then can we share that love — by way of our craft — and through the very words our love embodies.
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