Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash
Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash

How to Sharpen Up Your Emotional Writing Skills to Improve Your Stories

It’s when we write with emotion that our individual style comes through

Sean P. Durham
4 min readAug 15, 2023

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There’s something special about being able to write down ideas and formulate them into understandable chunks where a reader can enjoy and learn.

The enjoyment of reading, the increased understanding of a subject, all stems from the writer’s ability to succinctly convey a message.

It’s all very well and nice to be able to sit and express yourself with the pen, but to make what you write useful to your reader you need to have something to say.

I go looking, outside of my comfort zones, for something interesting to say.

I love to read, and I love to write. When I get up in the morning I get coffee and cats and sit at my kitchen table. It’s my go-to space for thinking about things.

My notebook laid out on the table, pen ready to scrawl ink, steaming coffee close by, and Murphy the cat comes along and sits on my notebook — to sit on top of what we are about to use is always a cat’s first choice.

Cats are egoistic. Sometimes, I think Murphy is giving me a writing prompt, ‘write about me’, he drops his head and his eyes meet mine, mysterious, sparkling golden apples, deep black pupils that expand and contract. He shifts his head slightly closer, then he head butts me. He’s a big cat — 6.5 kilos of power. Playing with him is a precarious activity. Headbutts hurt.

I rub my head and push him away. I write a headline, sip coffee, check my mobile and see a couple of emails from Quora, another two from Reddit, an update from Medium.

I open the Quora question thread. It’s a “baiting question”, “Why is Europe so far behind with technological advancement in comparison with the USA?”. Quora is full of these threads where people argue about daft ideas.

I think much of the bait comes from nut-jobs, or from some dusty office in the heart of Moscow. Probably a group of Uni students have been employed to rile up the West with annoying questions. I saw a film with exactly this scenario — so it must be true.

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Sean P. Durham

Berlin Notes — Writing about the Creative Art of Street Photography. Fine Art Photography, writing, art, cats. http://berlinstreetphotographer.com