Best Writing Tip: “Let it Flow.”


I recently submitted this essay to a writing contest and I wanted to share it with all of you.
I’d like to thank Christina Welsh for her writing tip and the constant support.

“Let it Flow.”
For years, the idea of my writing being inspired by real life events always scared me. When I had just lost my aunt a few people would read a story or a blog post and they’d warn, “Be careful you don’t expose yourself.” This sentence terrified me to the extent that whenever I wrote something deep, I would walk away from it. Sometimes out of curiosity, I would write a short story and send it to a writing contest. It would lose, and I would never try again.  

This all changed four years ago when we were celebrating my grandfather’s last birthday. We were living through a phase of constant anxiety from wondering what will happen if we lose him. I don’t know if it was grief or that deep sensation that nothing will ever be the same, but my grandfather’s bravery made me obsess about how much fear had taken from me. Therefore, when a story idea popped into my mind I just knew I needed to give writing another chance.

Few weeks later, my grandfather passed away. Instead of allowing fear to take over my writing, I received the best writing advice from a screenwriter friend Christina Welsh, “Let it flow.”  It was difficult to keep a journal and let the writing flow through all the raw emotions, but Christina encouraged me to surround myself with characters and a story I loved. Therefore, I spent nights scribbling down ideas on small papers and writing random scenes. Slowly, these small notes became chapters.

When I couldn’t write I spent hours researching my characters’ worlds. I was curious to know what they would be like, “Are they friendly? Are they loved? What’s been going on in their past?”  Those little details got me more invested in my writing; I was halfway through my novel when I realized I had messed up the character’s points of view. That mistake was overwhelming. However, in order to let the writing flow, I would often convince myself this was a small experiment and the story would finish soon.

One tiny step at a time, some of my old writings transformed into short stories, and they made it to several writing contests. I also opened a blog and discovered many people related to the fear I had when I first started.

From the writing that I shared on the blog, I learned that when we’re going through something painful it’s easy to think that nobody will understand us. However, opening up to others and writing our deep experiences lessens the burdens we’re secretly carrying. The fear that I had years ago of being exposed may never go away. It has slightly faded when I learned that our words and experiences matter. Words can be a real, positive force when they come directly from the heart.

Christina’s writing tip, “Let it flow” came at a time when I needed an outlet for my feelings. It has shown me the strength in creativity. It made me believe that the tiny steps we take to follow our dreams give us something to look forward to the next day. Now I move forward certain whenever things get tough I can create something new and “Let it flow.”
©ZeinaA.G

18 Comments Add yours

  1. So nice.. Well done.. 👍🏼😊👌🏼👌🏼

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    1. Thank you! ♥ I didn’t win but I loved writing it so wanted to share with all of you.

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      1. No worries.. Winning or no winning.. Loved and participated, and that’s what matters the most.. Thanks for sharing.. Loved it.. 👍🏼😊🤗👌🏼👌🏼💕

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      2. You’re absolutely right!!! Glad you loved it 😀 Your opinion means a lot to me 😀

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      3. Humbled.. Your posts are always a pleasure to go through.. 😊😊

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  2. I think that there is something illogical about asking for 600 words on the ‘best writing tip you’ve ever received’ because the best writing tips, like ‘let it flow’ are always concise. My own favourite is from Kurt Vonnegut (he didn’t give it to me personally, I think he may have misplaced my phone number) and it was (is) ….

    “When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water.”

    I would expand on this a little bit and suggest that a writer must always be aware of a character’s motivation. Everything they do, say or think must be for a reason, regardless of how trivial any individual event may be.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this quote…I would’ve loved to expand because I had so many ideas about character details and how we create their world. 😀
      Thanks for commenting 😀

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  3. Jay Bleu says:

    Great tip… glad you can open up with us and hopefully the writing helps console you…

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    1. I’m so happy and grateful that you liked it. I was a little nervous about sharing but after seeing all the support here I feel okay about it now.
      Yes, writing consoles me and it always makes me feel that I have a voice♥ I shed a lot of healing tears while writing this but it was great to go back four years and remember how it all started.
      I’m blessed that I had Christina’s wonderful support right from the start and I hope by sharing this someone would pick up their writing from where they left off.

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      1. Jay Bleu says:

        Yes.. the support I find from people here too is so encouraging 😎 take care

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  4. Jokerswild says:

    Letting it flow, I like that. Never being afraid of opening up because like you said, it’s easy when you deal with things because people may understand what you’re going through. They may not walk in your shoes but they’ve walked in your footsteps. This is a great write and like I said, every submission is a winner, no losing just winning or lessons lovely and both are a win.🌹

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    1. So glad you liked it 😀 So true what you mentioned about opening up. It’s scary each time we do it but it helps when we know that a lot of people understand what we’re going through.

      Writing this essay was extremely cathartic. When I started writing it I had forgotten so many details and I totally went off topic because I was scared to dig this deep.
      But then I went back to that email where Christina had told me to “Let it flow” and I remembered everything.
      How heartbroken we were and how difficult it was for me not to slip into old fear habits.

      That was really the starting point of my novel, the blog, the online writing courses and all the contests.

      Writing this essay and having the courage to share with all of you is a win itself. 😀

      I hope one day people who quit writing would come across this essay and pick up where they left off.

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      1. Jokerswild says:

        I’m sure you yourself will serve as motivation to others who read your story lovely.🌹😊

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  5. R. Triste says:

    Great read, Zeina. Goodluck! Thank you for sharing this to us.♥️

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    1. Thank you my dear💖 They already announced the winner my essay lost. So that’s why I shared here😀

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