It is coming time to find our Valentine’s the perfect card and write beautiful words that will hopefully alight love, passion, desire and a deeper thoughtfulness in our significant other. It seems that before V-Day we are filled with anticipation; a multitude of words flow through our hearts to our minds and on the tip of our tongues are the words to say that will ignite a beautiful, magical day. Then the day comes when we have to actually go card shopping and write something and it all just seems to evaporate. Poof! And instead of doing what a lot of people will do on Valentine’s, ie: search Google to find some uninspired poem or un-personalized quote, I am going to help jump-start your creative thinking and help you be able to write your own! So… find a picture of your Valentine and grab a piece of paper, we are going to learn how to write the perfect valentine.
Example: This is my husband. Whenever I want to write anything beautiful on a card I get this photo out. It may be an old photo from years ago when he was trying to entrance me to come to the Midwest, but it works for me. So don’t worry if the photo you picked is an old photo (or a .jpg), just find something that works! (Don’t steal mine!)
Now close your eyes, take a deep breath and go back to a day in your life that made you feel exactly how you want to make your Valentine feel, once you grasp this feeling then you are all set to write. I think about this day:
The point of writing, in my opinion, is to be capable of expressing yourself in an abstract and artistic form. Feelings are abstract, they aren’t black & white and they aren’t paint by number. A feeling, especially that of love, is a massive form of color. Love can be mixed with desperation, needlessness and apathy just as it can be mended together with desire, wanting and ache. “For the dreams and secrets of our heart may be spoken, but words are poor handmaidens.” To quote my favorite Dragonlance book. To try and write out every detail of what you are feeling diminishes the magnitude of it and most people don’t have the patience to sit and read an entire page of rambling thought. The gift of writing is the ability to take that enormity and embrace it in a sentiment as powerful and awakening as it had touched you. Simple. It is exactly why we love quotes. They’re small, the feeling makes you sting, they grasp hold of you in as few words as possible and they don’t let go. You remember them. You want your words to become Memory.
The next thing you need is a Thesaurus. You don’t want to write love on every single sentence!
adulation, affection, allegiance, amity, amorousness, amour, appreciation, ardency, ardor, attachment, case*, cherishing, crush, delight, devotedness, devotion, emotion, enchantment, enjoyment, fervor, fidelity, flame, fondness, friendship, hankering, idolatry, inclination, infatuation, involvement, like, lust, mad for, partiality, passion, piety, rapture, regard, relish, respect, sentiment, soft spot, taste, tenderness, weakness, worship, yearning, zeal
affection, affectivity, agony, anger, animation, ardor, dedication, devotion, distress, dolor, eagerness, ecstasy, excitement, feeling, fervor, fire, fit, flare-up, frenzy, fury, heat, hurrah, indignation, intensity, ire, joy, misery, outbreak, outburst, paroxysm, rage, rapture, resentment, sentiment, spirit, storm, suffering, temper, transport, vehemence, warmth, wrath, zeal, zest
want, longing, admiration, ambition, appetite, ardor, aspiration, attraction, avidity, concupiscence, covetousness, craving, craze, cupidity, devotion, doting, eagerness, fancy, fascination, fervor, fondness, frenzy, greed, hankering*, hunger, inclination, infatuation, itch, lasciviousness, lechery, libido, liking, love, lust, mania, motive, need, passion, predilection, proclivity, propensity, rapaciousness, rapture, ravenousness, relish, salacity, solicitude, thirst, urge, voracity, will, wish, yearning
Find words that fit your personality. You want to sound like you while creating something beautiful. From this list of words it’s easy to begin. In example (I just made this up.):