Hello! I’m Rodrick Bates, creative writer at Emotions of Love.
How I got here,
The union between pen, paper, and myself officially formed in the late 90’s when I was searching for a unique way to articulate my feelings in a relationship. After my first poem was born, out of nervousness I held on to it for a few days. When I finally gathered the courage to pass the passion, I don’t know if I was more shocked from how special it specifically made her feel or that I could actually write something that could make anyone feel the words.
After a few years of poetically pouring my personal feelings out in ink, I challenged my imagination and started writing about the relationships around me, how other people may feel, or have felt. I was also using songs, television, and movies for inspiration. I was basically tapping my feelings into emotions that did not belong to me, then writing as if they were mine.
Eventually I gained even more courage and began allowing people within my circle to lay eyes on my sacred words. The feedback was always great and encouraging, but there was a part of me that thought some of the feedback was biased because it was coming from people I knew.
The last confirmation that the gift of writing was given to me came in 2005 when I began sharing my work with strangers, which was also just in time to catch the O.G. of social media – Myspace. It was great hearing the encouraging words from family and friends, but getting comments and messages from complete strangers letting me know how much they were touched by my words was a totally different form of validation.
In the mid 2000’s, when Facebook began taking social media to another level, I jumped along for the ride and the rest is history. I began receiving requests from family, friends, and strangers to write poems related to their feelings – including proposals, weddings vows, love interest, breakups, loss of loved ones, etc.
I created several Facebook fan pages before finally settling down with Emotions of Love.
In 2006 I self published my first compilation of poems titled “Emotions of Love”, which is where this website title originated. My writing journey started as a twenty year old searching for an emotional outlet. I never imagined that my words would become an outlet for others.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy reading the posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.