Writing With Real Life Emotions

Tips to articulate your heart

Tori Franklin
5 min readAug 18, 2023


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I’m one of those people who sees a sunset and cries while whispering, “It’s so beautiful”. I’m someone who will get emotional if I see a child who is outrageously happy about getting pizza for lunch. I’ve felt rage that seemed as if my body would explode, I’ve experienced heartbreak that felt like my heart had dropped from my chest, down my leg, and split through the soles of my feet, dragging behind me, only attached by dirt-covered arteries.

I know I’m not the only one who feels so strongly and as an author, I do my best to articulate these emotions in my writing. For many, this is difficult to do.

The three main reasons are:

  • As a society, we are generally disconnected from our bodies and how we truly feel.
  • We don’t encourage each other to express our true emotions. Every day we ask one another, how are you? And our response 95% of the time is, “I’m good.”
  • We don’t have a vast enough vocabulary to facilitate the wide range of emotions we tend to feel as human beings. We know, good, bad, happy, sad, angry, frustrated….and some people may use melancholy, but it’s rare.

Writing with our emotions brings authenticity to our stories. It helps readers connect with the characters or stories that…



Tori Franklin

Olympic Triple Jumper. World Championship Medalist. Public Speaker on Mental Health and Dream Chasing. Non- Profit Founder. AUTHOR!!!