One Thing You Should Consider before writing anything I've read stuff where I set it down or closed the window and been left empty and slightly cerebral. Almost like reading bad facebook poetry, you know? I realized what I don't like about them: I have no reaction to them. I thought "is it really this hard to learn how to write?" A quick search and one click later, I read this great advice: yes yes yes yes so take out a pad and write down all the moments of your life that really held a feeling. then, when you write, call out those feelings...not the events, they're just a gateway to the feelings. if you don't have those, find them. if you can't find them, don't write...it wouldn't be worth reading. You can't make something out of nothing. It has to come from somewhere. quote from http://www.peacecorpswriters.org/pages/depts/resources/resour_writers/100daysbook/bk100da.html When I say "emotional" or that it has to come from "real emotion," I say it in the context of what "emotion" is in the article. It is much more broad than something that makes you sad. Its the same as makoto, which the concept of the english language/the culture doesn't exactly have. The meaning of emotion in that article =/= sadness, it is ANYTHING that authentically comes from inside of you. In Japan there is word called "makoto." It denotes the path a person's inner self truly wants to take and its valued over truth & justice. It's an idea formed from the deconstructionist tendencies of zen buddhism. The cultural subjectivity it creates accounts for some pretty unconceivable things happening in Japanese society by foreign standards, but the examples of this are really graphic and disturbing so if you really wanna know pm me. This is probably the single most unique feature of Japan and what makes it so fascinating to Americans; especially since they value the collective over the individual. It's kind a contradictory facet of their society which generates a lot of conflicting forces. Anyway, writing should come from your makoto. It should follow your true feelings and instincts regardless of anything else because that is what people react to on a basic level. Everybody who can write a simple sentence has the ability and experience to do this and anybody who doesn't do this is selling themselves short. The closest word for it in english is emotional. Writing has to come from real emotion, a real place. It has to come from makoto.