Baring your Soul



This has been churning my mind for a while and I finally got to express it in words, for you to peruse and reflect. If you are writing for the soul, your soul will resonate with my thoughts.


“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.” Virginia Woolf

If you close your soul to your readers – if you leave out your personal stories from your compositions, your excellent literary prowess and mastery of the craft will at best produce grandiose but impersonal works that will maybe, garner you some royalty, but will not touch any life in lasting ways. I know that is what you really desire – that your words reach out to touch your readers in transformative ways.

So, expect you’re an academic essayist with a limited theme and constrained concept bank, bare your soul before your readers.

Yes. Your Muse’s incubation of the crests and troughs in your soul is the crucible of true creativity and transformation. And if you are like me, that blessed soul of yours is the ground of all skirmishes, human and divine, past and present, and the center stage for all the dark and bright interactions of the seen and unseen forces dictating your path in life.

Your deepest fears, your goriest experiences, your loftiest desires, your biggest triumphs, and your greatest personal discoveries in life banks up in your soul, and anticipates every moment you put pen to paper and bleed. Let your readers see that drop of blood that is known to redeem – from your wholesome compositions. You will not be the first to bleed for many, and certainly not the last. And you may well find that you are enlightened and healed in the process.

If your soul isn’t ready to he bared, then your words aren’t ready to be shared.

Writers, I know you are scared – how can you do this? Maybe you can start by baring your soul to your Muse…

Reflect, and shoot me some feedback.


Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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