The author has helped hundreds of people to develop powerful inner communication skills and I feel lucky enough to have participated in one of her workshops.
- describe our morning- facts only;
- repeat the description to incorporate an emotion word; and
- write the morning’s activities as we actually felt them.
Following is my attempt at the exercise:
I woke up, made the coffee and prepared breakfast. My wife cleaned the house: it was the day the house cleaner was coming. Then I hid in my office, edited my memoir, and listened to the two women talking downstairs in the living room.
Inserting an Emotion Word
I’m greedy. I want the most out my money so I can get personal things. So, when I awoke, all I could think of was, I’m getting the coffee and making the breakfast to enable my wife to clean the house before the cleaning lady re-cleans the house: No wonder they have time to talk. I could use that money to buy a new tennis racket.
I was tired but I knew I needed to get up early: the house cleaner was coming. I don’t mind so I prepared coffee and made the breakfast. After all, the house cleaner coming means I have free time to write.
Now, you try it in your writing. After all, don’t we tend to remember the feelings we have more than the words when we finish a book?