write notes from the heart

Elizabeth Cottrell Author Interview

Heartspoken: How to Write Notes That Connect, Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire is an inspiring book that shares with readers the value of handwritten notes and the history behind written communication. Why was it important for you to write this book?

While I have always believed in writing notes and considered that practice to be good manners, there was a moment when I suddenly realized that writing notes from the heart could have much more impact than just being good manners. That’s when I received a letter from a stranger… A woman whose son had recently committed suicide. I did not know this woman or her son, but I knew her son’s fiancé and had written him a condolence note expressing my deep sadness at her loss. The young woman she had written to sent my letter to the mother of her fiancé. Her mother told me that she had read it over 25 times and that it had helped her get through the worst time of her life. I don’t really even remember what I said, but I realized at that moment that writing a spoken by the heart note can have a big impact as well as a domino effect.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

Perhaps the most important idea that I hoped to convey in this book was that each person has their own voice within them to write sincere messages. Many people expressed to me their lack of confidence in knowing what to say and their fear of saying the wrong thing, but I hope I have explained in my book that this is a well-founded concern. The irony is that people rarely remember exactly what you said. What they will remember is that you approached them with kindness and care.

Did you find anything in your research for this book that surprised you?

I was fascinated to learn that the earliest known examples of note writing from thousands of years ago were primarily for record-keeping purposes. It was not until around 500 B.C. C. that historians and archaeologists found evidence of notes written as personal correspondence. The practice did not spread much beyond royalty and the clergy until the 18th century, when paper became more affordable.

What is the next book you are working on and when will it be published?

I’m focusing on getting this book in front of readers now, but I’m working on a 40-day devotional and possibly a sequel to this book on how to write notes for corporate and nonprofit professionals. I write regularly for my Heartspoken.com blog.

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In the hands of author Elizabeth H. Cottrell, the handwritten note breaks free of dated irrelevance to become a super-powerful tool for connecting with others. Heartspoken: How to Write Notes That Connect, Comfort, Uplift, and Inspire it will guide you to discover your own unique voice for writing notes and give you the confidence to use it. Consider flipping a light switch. You can’t see the electricity. You may not even understand how it works. But when power begins to flow through the open wire, it’s nothing short of miraculous. She will show you how to find and activate that switch in your own note writing. Take advantage of this beautiful process and your writing will become alive, meaningful and impactful in ways you never thought possible.

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