Taking Your Broken Heart and Turning it into Art | 365 BLOGS in 365 DAYS!

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Turning Your Broken Heart into Art


I recently became friends with a talented author, Michelle Monet. Interestingly enough, we connected through Twitter. Michelle had tweeted to me, telling me that she’d read my book Conflicted Hearts, and how much it resonated with her. We later got gabbing on Facebook and naturally, I went over to her blog to check out some of her posts after finding we had quite a few things in common.


This post is a reblog of a recent post I read on Michelle’s blog that resonated with me because it speaks from the heart and asks a poignant question: Do writers write to turn their broken parts into art or can joyful experiences also become their creative inspiration? Oh and was I ever wowed when I saw her mention my name and book in her blog. Have a read below.

Reblogging is flattery



“MERYL STREEP ended a recent speech with this quote by the late Carrie Fisher.

I like it.

I think it is a very appropriate statement, especially in these times with so many people seemingly experiencing broken hearts. Politics, the world situation, health care issues, joblessness—people definitely have broken hearts lately.

No doubt about it.

Some people feel the need to go protest and write letters but I think many creative people more than ever feel the need to focus and dedicate to making more art.

Make something good out of the craziness. Out of the madness. Out of the uncertainty.

Turn their broken heart into art.

I’ve always believed this to be true. I am sure there are happy joyfully glee artists who make art merely to express their existential bliss and contentment,  but my guess is that many artists express art from pain and broken hearts and some sort of angst.” Continue Reading . . .



42 thoughts on “Taking Your Broken Heart and Turning it into Art | 365 BLOGS in 365 DAYS!

  1. Debby, you raise a question that I’ve often wondered about – is it only the tortured dramatic incidents that writers draw on when scribbling away on the novels? You read so many incidents of this from famous books and also many indie authors too…I’ll look for examples of the second! Of the happy positive being food to the muse. Heading over to read Michelle’s post now.


      1. I know, Debby but I think there is a slight misunderstanding as I was commenting on your initial words before I went to read her post. Definitely food for thought and Michelle’s excellent post has stayed with me.


  2. I think memoirs most often draw on trauma for inspiration but also very often get to the redemptive, and hopeful learning experiences. No doubt there must be some memoirs with less pain but overcoming problems is the norm, I think. Fiction on the other hand, I believe, could draw on any life experiences and not just for plot lines or critical character elements, etc.


    1. Thanks for chiming in John. I’d have to agree with you on memoirs because there are usually lessons shared in them. Fiction is definitely another beast, although, you know what they say. . . there’s truth in fiction too. 🙂


  3. I’m moved to write both when I’m in pain and when I’m inspired; when I’m feeling broken and when I’m feeling full. Both emotions foster creative expression conceived of intense emotion, which in turn moves the beholder. But throughout my music career, I noticed that people tended to resonate more deeply with expressions of sorrow and pain. I think that’s because those emotions are harder to let go and leave behind a ghostly footprint on the heart. Turning a broken heart into art can be very healing. And when the medium is music, singing the song over and over becomes a healing mantra. Great reblog, Deb. Much food for thought … ?


    1. Thanks for your comments Tina. I made my living as a singer and I tend to agree about the sad songs, but when I broke up my concerts with a ‘happy, lively, upbeat’ song it helped the overall mood, no doubt! I am attempting to not have my upcoming memoir be a ‘misery memoir’. I’m very aware of this.


      1. You’re welcome, Michelle. I used to follow ‘heavy’ songs with upbeat (even silly) ones. Didn’t want to leave people swimming in the wells of sorrow. Best of luck with your new memoir 🙂


  4. Thanks so much Debby for sharing.. I will have to go and have a fuller read.. All the best writing comes from experience.. which affects our hearts in one way or another..

    Hope you have a great weekend.. I am sorry to have missed a couple of your earlier posts, but skipping away here today as I really must stop my commenting lol.. as I set out this morning to write up my latest Elder post.. and still not typed up a word of it.. lol..
    I must come out of WP for a while hehe…

    Lots of love to you.. Hugs Sue xxx


    1. Thank you so much Sue for dropping by. Never apologize, we are all so busy, but we do get there. Just think, you’ll have so much time to catch up while I take my first blogging break ever starting next week! 🙂 xoxo ❤


  5. Great article, Debby. I couldn’t leave a comment on her blog. I started blogging out of a wounded heart. I think most of my heart needs have receded because of blogging and other busy activities at this point. Blogging takes on a life of its own! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! 🙂


    1. Thanks so much Marsha. I know this article can resonate with so many, that’s why I wanted to share it. Thanks for commenting here. Michelle will see your comment here. 🙂


      1. That works for me. I’m still trying to follow up on the comment issue you are having. I haven’t heard back yet from Daniel. Do you have any idea which company I might contact to help me resolve it. Who manages the contacts for our accounts? The theme? The host? WP.org? JetPack?


      2. I know you’ve already messaged me about this on FB Marsha, but for future reference: if you own your site and pay for hosting, then you would contact then, if you’re on a WP.com site you contact them, if you have spam problems you go into your Jetpack and contact Askimet by filling out a form, if you’re self- hosted then you’d have to contact the maker of your theme if it was an issue- this you’d find by clicking on your theme in dashboard and owner info comes up. 🙂


      3. I wouldn’t have contacted them, but when it asked me which site, and I clicked on the arrow, my self-hosted site showed up. So I went ahead and asked. No harm no foul. 🙂 I will contact my theme people tomorrow and see if they can help me. 🙂


      4. Me too. Most people are not breaking down my door to comment, or else they are not having problems, but I am tenacious because you are a good friend, and I want to keep you reading my posts and making comments! And I want to make it as easy for you as possible! 🙂


      5. Aw thanks Marsha. I do enjoy your posts. And so you know, I just tried to pop over to read your latest post, I couldn’t get in. First the gear spinned for almost 2 minutes (I timed it) then I tried again and a page came up saying ‘site not connected’. Was just going to FB message you about 😦


    2. Hi Marsha! Im a bit ‘tech challenged’ .haha. I decided to turn off my comments because I couldnt figure out how to get rid of the enormous amount of spam on there! If anyone knows how to help I’d be grateful. Im not even sure how to get my photo on HERE:)


      1. Go into your settings on your dashboard sidebar. You will see discussion settings. You can turn comments off and on there. You can have comments manually approved if you want to. To get your photo to show, go to the top right hand corner next to your notifications. Click on it and get a drop down menu, and click profile, then edit profile. That should have a place to upload your picture. Let me know if that works. 🙂


  6. Great post by Michelle, thanks for sharing Deb…I can see how moved she was by reading Conflicted Hearts…you are touching many souls my friend, with your powerful story ❤ I wasn't able to leave a comment on her blog unfortunately, but I was moved by her words and and loved Carrie Fisher's quote. There have been a few times in my life when I've been moved to write poetry/prose about a truly inspiring, beautiful and happy event – the birth of each of my children would be such times – but the creative process, I've found, is entirely different to my usual, which would be creating through pain and heartbreak.But thinking of the questions Michelle asks us to ponder, even those 'happy' writings had a whimsical tone, filled with a sense that such happiness would be fleeting, that the moment would be gone in a flash. Love it when a post gets me thinking of all the possiblities! Thank you Deb and Michelle! 🙂 ❤ xoxo


    1. Aw thanks so much Sher for sharing your thoughts here. And I’m sorry you had trouble commenting on Michelle’s blog. I think a few others did too. No worries she will see it here soon, as I believe she too is traveling today. 🙂 ❤ ❤ xo


      1. Ahh…no worries Deb, just glad to have been able to read Michelle’s excellent post. That’s funny, you both travelling at the same time… happy, safe trails to you both! 🙂 ❤ xoxo


      1. I would love to stay in touch too Michelle, and we will! Ahhhh…the pain and beauty from broken hearts, that raw expression through poetry – powerful indeed. Thank you again so much for sharing your heart with us ❤


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