How to Write from the Heart and Win Readers

Write from HeartA good story is often inspired by a powerful experience.

One that changed the author’s mind, their very way of looking at the world.

A great story may change the reader’s life as well.

I’m stealing that opening—and the title—from Dr. John Yeoman over at Writers’ Village. John is re-running one of my recent blog posts and reframing it as a lesson for writers.

I wish I was better at addressing writers’ issues. I might have more subscribers.

Most likely, though, I’ll continue to issue my inscrutable Reece’s pieces and defer to Writers’ Village as the forum for writers looking for mentorship and encouragement.

John has recently launched Story PenPal, which is proving to be a spirited venue for writers to post their  fiction and receive feedback from peers and story experts.

I’ll get back on track in a few days with a post titled:

“How to Catch an Idea Virus.”

Or, “The Virus that Ate my Brain.”

Or, I’ll ask Dr. John what he would call it.

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  1. says


    It’s always so good to see another post filled with your wisdom, and more to come! I was just wondering how you were this week. As we travel in similar circles, I saw you and Dr. Yoeman deep in the digital conversation. It’s funny how the internet has become a virtual cocktail hour with all of your best friends invited and time to meet more.

    I’m sharing this to my TCC writers and followers on Twitter.

    See you in the liminal zone.:)
    Lee J.

  2. says


    Great to hear from you. And thanks for sharing this post. Yes, I love doing cocktails with Dr. John over at Writers’ Village. His sense of humour is addictive. Stay tuned on my blog for a crazy story of “when existence conspired to throw the book at me.” It was an actual book. I’ve never been the same since, and that was a long time ago. In short, we must lose our minds.

  3. says

    Many thanks, PJ. I wish my sense of humor was addictive. After 30 years in close proximity, my wife still hasn’t caught it. I have to explain my every joke to her. It’s no laughing matter…

  4. says

    John… you sound like the protagonist in a novel I’m finishing up. “Am I funny?” has been the central question of his life. Now that his wife is dying, he might have to put that question on hold — or not. Of course, we’ll go with ‘not.’

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