WRITING TIP: “What cannot be said will be wept”

freewritingWhat truly moves us will likely move others, if we are willing to take the trouble to articulate it clearly — to tell the story in a way that evokes a felt sense. This means digging under our impulse toward anger or bitterness or judgment or argument to our core vulnerabilities and values, then finding where they reside in our heart. Writing from this place is far more likely to be insightful and healing for ourselves and others than staying with surface story, emotion or opinion.“What cannot be said will be wept,” wrote Sappho, so we might as well write it thoroughly and save ourselves the excess grief that comes from bearing an unexamined story.