Writing in Red: The Shape of My Heart

It’s the second week in February and all the pharmacies and supermarkets in the world have become swirling aisles of red hearts, pink cupids, and entirely too much glitter. Chocolates seem to explode out of everything, and everyone gets busy with those Valentine’s Day traditions we all take to heart: card distribution, candy-eating, and date-making.

No matter how you feel about the anticipated/dreaded V-Day this February 14, there is no doubt ample opportunity to inject its flowery, lovesick energy into our writing. This week on The Narrator you’ll get five consecutive days of writing prompts that will touch upon the V-Day theme. Without further delay, here’s the first: The Shape of My Heart. 

A few facts about the human heart, courtesy of NetDoctor:

  • Every heart has three layers: an inner lining, middle layer of muscle, and an outer fluid-filled sac.
  • The human heart consists of four chambers: the two upper chambers of the right and left atria and two lower chambers made up of the right and left ventricles.
  • A muscular wall called the septum separates the right and left sides of the heart.

When it comes to the shape of a human’s heart, I think we can do better than a lumpy circle. After all, it is the most important organ in our body, a complex pump responsible for circulating blood and oxygen through its many chambers and walls and all through our bodies. I have always found it incredibly poetic that the heart is roughly the size of a clenched human fist. Coincidence? I think not.

Start your piece by describing your or your character’s heart. Then just keep going and let your writing go wherever it wants to, even if it makes no sense. Whenever you’re unsure of where to go next, return to the line, “My heart looks like…”