Internal Motivation

For decades I have more or less enjoyed writing. I qualified more or less because I was never able to express my emotional feelings.

I became trapped in writing detailed technical information. When I attempted anything having human qualities, the results were stilted and otherwise unnatural.

Although I experienced deep, sensitive passions, my hard-wired brain translated such infatuations to, “When I am with you, I feel like I’m wearing comfortable old shoes.”

Recently, a remarkable paragraph in a book clarified my dilemma. I need to understand this wonderful informational source and apply its lessons.

Consider the following paragraph that made all the difference.

“A recent study, in which subjects underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain while reading a short story, revealed that the areas of the brain that lit up when they read about an activity were identical to those that light up when they actually experience it.”

In other words, effective writing triggers emotions.

I realize my writing voyage of discovery will be challenging, with many twists, turns, and frustrating internal obstacles. However, I will never again compare someone I care about to my comfortable old shoes.


2 thoughts on “Internal Motivation

  1. Marilyn Granger

    I love it!

    Old shoes. Ben has a younger brother, Bobby, who is one his fifth marriage. Don’t know if this last was a better choice or if he is softening or what. He has been with this one longer than any. I am guessing, 8 or so years.

    One of the things he always had said to Ben, “Isn’t it time for a new pair of shoes.” Out of the 11 kids, eight have had a divorce. Not a good average….but their dad didn’t set an example.

    Sent from my iPad



  2. josephlacey12

    Maybe he should talk to me…

    The key is knowing YOURSELF… and until that happens… you just repeat old “habits”.

    I know I’ve made the turn… just probably too late in this life.



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