WRITING TIP: Form an intimate relationship with your subject

Writing soulfully requires intimacy — with yourself and with your subject. As in any intimate relationship, to get close to and understand your subject requires time and care. Try taking Rachel Carson’s advise (which might also work with a friend you want to be closer to): “The writer must never attempt to impose himself upon his subject. He must not try to mold it according to what he believes his readers or editors want to read. His initial task is to come to know his subject intimately, to understand its every aspect, to let it fill his mind. Then at some turning point the subject takes command and the true act of creation begins. … The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.”