An Open-Hearted Wolf

October 28th, 2013

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My 9-year-old granddaughter is having a battle of wills with her teacher. Lark likes to write long stories that take her characters into extended adventures; her teacher wants her to be concise and turn in shorter pieces. I’m biased, of course  — how could someone want to cut a story that begins with, “An open-hearted wolf came to town”?! Nevertheless, it made me think about the difference between censoring and editing my own writing. My struggle is writing from the heart with no filters. I might not publish the results, but the raw material I would start with would have the energy of truth. Usually, though, when I want to deal with a topic that has left a bruise on my life, I start to rearrange it in my mind before I put a word down. It’s as if I’m jumping ahead to how readers will react, or I hate how it will make me look. So either I drop the idea altogether or the writing becomes lifeless, inert. I want to be an open-hearted wolf in my writing — fearless and wild but tender and real. I want to be an open-hearted wolf in my life — leading the life I want even if, especially if, it’s not Facebook friendly, daring to go into town with my heart on my sleeve, following the scent of a here-be-dragons soul map. I hope it’s never too late to let my wolf out.

3 Responses to “An Open-Hearted Wolf”

  1. I’m going to remember this one. Thank you.

  2. Mmkay, so what is stopping you? My mother would tell me when I was a teen that nobody was looking at my flaws because they were too busy thinking about themselves. So, you must know by now that either no one is listening, or, (like me) they relate to you. “Freedom’s just another word for: ‘nothing left to lose’ ” What do you have to lose?

  3. nikki says:

    Thanks for reading, Angie!

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