Therapeutic Writing - Part II
Write a letter to the Editor: As long as you keep in mind that you need to keep it clean, decent, ethical and legal as most major daily newspapers confirm your identity and won't allow you to be shielded behind anonymity, let 'er rip about anything that's on your mind. If it's an issue that affects your community, you have a right to voice your opinion. Are you losing sleep because the club on your block blasts music until 3 am? Are you angry about placing a taxpayer funded million dollar statue in front of City Hall at a time when most people are scrambling to buy groceries? Are you tired of waiting in the rain for buses which run half an hour late? Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of getting things off your chest and you might even make a difference in your community. Win - win all around!
Poetry: This can be a good medium of expression, as poems can be written in an abstract way. They don't always have to make sense to others, as long as you understand your own poetry, that's the important thing.
Write a short story: Isn't it wonderful to be so in control about something that you have the power to create characters and do with them what you will? You could even write a fictitious story about a particular person who has hurt you, or you could write about something that happened to you, but change the ending to how you would have liked things to have turned out.
Write an article: If you have been through something that you think others would benefit knowing about, for example, how you coped during a particular crisis; this is an added bonus to think you are helping someone else as well as yourself. It could be how you coped after a miscarriage or abortion, or how you coped with the death of a loved one etc.
Write a book: You may feel you have a book inside you, especially if you have been through something that would interest others. It could be a work of fiction that may bring out your subconscious, or it could be a factual work such as what life was like growing up in your town. At the outset realize that your chances of getting it published are actually less than your winning the lottery, so don't use the post-writing process of the book depressing. Write your book for the joy of it!
And best of all...
Write a Hub! Although I wouldn't recommend writing a Hub about deeply personal or legal issues which should remain private, nor writing one attacking some person from your past who did you harm, (remember that there are libel and slander laws and they can be enforced online), you can write a Hub about darn near anything else. You'll be surprised as to which ones become hits and which ones don't. I'd have to confess that I was completely and thoroughly convinced that at least 10% of my 1,350+ Hubs would be runaway hits and only a mere handful ever have... and mostly outside of that 10% I thought were going to be big readership magnets! So just like the book writing, don't let the elation or disappointment on the readership of any Hub get you too high or too low! Write Hubs for the fun of it and you'll find that the therapeutic effects sneak up on you when you least expect them!
Writing can be an extremely powerful process, causing time for deep reflection and possibly working through some painful memories which in time can help you to reconnect with your essential true self. Try it and you won't regret it. It's cheaper than a $300 an hour therapist!
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