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Creative Writing--Reflections On Writing--A Therapeutic Tool for Both the Writer and the Reader

Updated on July 26, 2012
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Writing as well as reading allows one to reflect their thoughts and feelings in ways life cannot offer. In turn, both the reader as well as the writer, have a mutual therapeutic tool.

Through written words, both the writer as well as the reader, has a tool to enrich their lives as well as the lives of others around them.

Words are one of the most powerful ways of communicating as well as releasing what lays deep within the soul.

The once blank paper, now filled with words, reflects a piece of the writer's soul. Each word written is a thought, quite possibly a metaphor, into the deepest part of the writer's subconscious, now poured fluently onto the blank page.

With the release of each word from the thought process to the page, in away, releases the burdens the writer carries, both consciously and subconsciously. The written words, are no longer work for the writer, however a form of a therapeutic tool--a tool that gives the writer, temporary or otherwise, a new found sense of freedom, a tool that not only a published writer can use but even a novice writer.

The reader reflecting into the eyes of the writer.
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Unlike life, the writer can chose to delete written words as well as feelings no longer felt. Once the filled pages are finished, the writer has the ability to share the reflections of their thoughts to the reader.

The writer should be able to pull the reader into the tangled web of each word, each thought, each sentence, as well as the unwritten words--the hidden messages.

The reader, fortunate or not, has the unique opportunity to stare into part of the writer's soul. The written words become a mirror of the writer to the reader. The mirror, once stared into, regardless of whether or not the reader learned something from the written words, the reader however, learned something about the writer.

Even in works of fiction, the reader learns the interests of the writer. Through the written words, the reader can learn of the writer's greatest fears, life experiences, fantasies, as well as other personal feelings.

Written works of fiction allows the reader to live through what they cannot experience in real life. If the writer was able to draw the reader, captivate them in each word, the reader now too has a therapeutic tool--a thought process and quite possibly a sense of relief from the ability to relate to the written words.

This relation has the ability to stir the reader into putting their own thoughts onto a new blank page--an endless cycle of thoughts and ideas now born.

Both the reader and the writer have a form of escapism from their day-to-day lives.

For the writer, even each darkest thought can pour out onto the once blank page.

For the reader, each thought has the ability to reach their inner most soul, and allow the reader to connect to writer.

The reader has the ability to journey along with the writer through the mirror the writer created. Moreover, the written work has the ability to educate the reader to better their lives and/or enhance the lives of others.

Mutually, the writer and the reader have a responsibility.

The writer's job is to educate or to create an escapism for the reader. The writer, with their written words, has the power to influence the reader in some way.

The reader has even a greater responsibility and that is to learn from the written words or to use the form of escapism to release their own inspirations in a positive manner as well as pass along the written words.

Together, the writer and the reader have a therapeutic tool and together, a way to communicate thoughts and ideas.

Each thought poured onto a page, each word read, has the ability to make the world a better place, or at the very least, a sense of unity.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A very informative and interesting hub! You gave this great thought and it shines through in your explanation. Well done once again Patty!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      billybuc, Thank-you soooo much!! I always do appreciate your comments!!! Your words are always encouraging to me...and at the same time challenge me to become a better writer. THANK-YOU Once Again!!

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      Ron Hawkster 5 years ago from United States of America

      Patty,

      Very thoughtfully said. Few forms of creativity can help establish a bond between the viewer and the artist because few of them share the building blocks of an art form. I can't think of any building blocks as most widely shared and ubiquitous as words and language.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Ron, Thank-you sooo much for your comments!!! As always I do appreciate your insights!!! You as well as few others have been so encouraging to me since I have been on HubPages.

      What some may not realize, when I read other hubs from other writers, like yourself, I feel the connection in the written words and they inspire me to write...even if it isn't the same topic or genre.

      THANK-YOU!!

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      The writer is building a stairway for a reader to slowly ascend, as well as, creating a purpose for the reader to want to make the trek. Skipping steps, by the reader, is actually a form of disrespect to the writer. (so much for Cliffsnotes). Great Job and exceptionally presented!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      rcrumple, Cliffsnotes is actually a great example where the connection is broken--"lost in translation". The reader is only reading a summary that misses a lot of points to what the writing actually meant!! Thank-you for your comments; I truly appreciate it!!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I like this because you have written a succint hub that talks about what most of do on a daily basis and...you gave it a name and added accountability! Thank you!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      btrbell, Thank-you soooo much for your comments!! I truly do appreciate it!!

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Both informative and a keen persective is found here. The writer imparts a gift, it's up to the reader to accept or not.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      mckbirdbks, Thank-you soooo much for your comments!!! As always, I do appreciate them!!!

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Being able to write about what I'm thinking and feeling has gotten me through a lot. I don't like talking about my thoughts and feelings. So writing them out gives me the feedback I need, from myself.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      That Grrl, I too hold back, but through writing we can explore are deepest emotions and allows us to be in touch with who we are!! I think that it is Awesome that writing has helped you!!! Thank-you soooo much for your comments...I do appreciate it!!!

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      Joy56 4 years ago

      Yeah great that we can delete the things we decide not to share, as you say unlike life, but once we have written it down it has done a lot for us...... if you know what i mean, i love your energy.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Interesting article. I like to write fiction as well. Yeah, it would be nice if we could delete mistakes in life as easily as we can delete mistakes in our writing!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Joy56, I sometime wish that we can rewind life and delete what we wanted...lol...But I do find it useful to write what I want to say, and then just delete--it has served its purpose!! Thank-you for your comments!!! I do appreciate it!!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      nanderson, I too wish we could delete our mistakes...lol...at least writing allows us that benefit!! Thank-you for commenting; I do appreciate it!! I love forward to reading your other hubs!!

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      Alan R Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      As with the piece about creating borders with 'Paint', the writing style is straightforward. And interesting. Mind, I don't write to bare my soul. That would be a bit tortuous! What I write about has to be of interest to the outside world in general, not just me. As I don't have any weird or wonderful hobbies/interests, I can be assured there are others 'out there' (picture me sweeping a hand across the horizon, index finger pointing outward) who share my interests, my potential readers. That's more motivation - (and the $ figures building up - oh you mercenary man, Lancaster)!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      alancaster, I love your comment; you speak so straight forward with such humor and flare!!! I definitely look forward to reading more of your Hubs!!! Thank-you for commenting; I definitely enjoyed the read!!!

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Patty : Thank you for you're fine thoughts, and analysis on writing , and reading. You are indeed a teacher. GBY

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      stars, Thank-you soooo much for your very kind words!! I do appreciate it!! Wishing you the very best!!!

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      Alan R Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Your prose is nice and straightforward, as I said. Easy to follow. By the way, in connection with talent the word is "flair". A "flare" is a flame used to attract attention.

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I never thought of adding an Intro to a HubPages post that way. It looks great.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      That Grrl, Thank-you!!! I play around with Paint to do simple borders to add just that little more to my hubs!!! Thanks for commenting!!!

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