WRITING TIP: How to add richness to your writing

Allowing ourselves to deeply feel what it is we’re writing about brings depth and humanity to our work and our life. Pleasurable or painful, our feelings give life richness, whether its joy at the smell of the rain, grief over the loss of the rainforest, or fear at the illness of someone we love. “We can separate artistic pain, the experience of feeling deeply, from leading a painful life,” says author Dorthe Nors. “One is not a requirement for the other. But it is the job of the artist to sit with our feelings, to be receptive to them, to examine them, turn them into narrative or paint or film.” To make contact with what you’re feeling, even if you are just doing a 10-minute freewrite, start with attention on your breath and inner sensation, where feeling resides. Then put pen to paper.