There Are Stories in Your Heart — Set Them Free.

Yes, tell your story! It will lift your heart, and make a big difference to others. Everybody loves hearing a story, and we all have one to tell. Thank you, Meg Dowell.

Meg Dowell Writes

Scientifically, all ideas form inside your brain. Your head is the place where dreams become goals and goals become plans. There is no doubt that the capabilities of a writer depend on their ability to both logically and abstractly use their minds to create stories.

But the most important part of storytelling — the emotions both you and your readers associate with it — forms in your heart.

OKAY, yes, I know that emotions are still exclusively a brain thing and your heart is not in control of how you feel. But in the poetic sense of the concept, the stories that stick with you most are the ones that touch your heart.

When a story calls to me — basically begging me to write it, which does happen, and it’s both awesome and terrifying — I can physically feel the pull. It starts in my chest and spreads, all…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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8 Responses to There Are Stories in Your Heart — Set Them Free.

  1. You tell and write stories and enable youngsters to do that each day of your life, Jennie…brava!
    Such a legacy.

  2. beetleypete says:

    I know how Meg feels. One of the reasons I started blogging was to tell all those stories bottled up inside me.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Opher says:

    I write down all the stories in my head. The strange thing is that more and more keep growing there!

  4. Darlene says:

    An excellent article! So very true!!

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