Writing to relieve stress in your life
Everyone can write for pleasure
I did not start writing because I hoped to become a published writer. I began writing because it was a magnificent escape from every day stress and anxiety. I used my imagination to create a little compartment in my mind; a place to escape from all the troubles of the real world. I developed this ability to imagine over many years to advance to the level of writing entire novels.
The truth is, everyone has an imagination. Everyone knows how to tell a story in one way or the other. A lot of people are afraid to write because they do not think they have the capability to express themselves through story telling, but you actually do a lot of story telling in your every day life through conversations with family and friends.
But I am not talking about that kind of story telling right now. I am talking about going to a special place in your own mind. A secret place all your own that you do not have to share with anyone. Using your imagination to conjur up a new and exciting world you would like to inhabit, is one of life's guilty pleasures and it costs you absolutely nothing but some time alone with a pen and paper. That's right, you don't even need a computer. You can add background music if you like. I love to listen to Beethoven's 6th symphony (the pastoral) when I am creating fiction.
You have no idea how much pleasure can be derived from taking your mind to a different place for just a short while. Write the words as they come into your mind and do not worry how they sound or how the sentences are composed. Some may call this stream of consciousness, but this is for you. This is your world, your special sanctuary apart from reality. You get to come back and visit this world you have created when you have the urge to get away from it all. You create stories that you love to read. You invent places that you want to visit. You create situations that you want to inhabit. You can go back in time to other times in history or into what you imagine might be the future. You can leave the planet all together and go out to visit other universes. The only travel limit is what you can imagine. You can get in touch with your inner child and go off to adventures you never dreamed possible in your real life.
I am going to suggest some exercises to expand and strengthen your imagination. I am not going to tell you what to write, but I guarantee you, once you have tried this. Once you develop a habit of going back to that place in your imagination at a time of day of your choosing. When you hold that pen in your hand and you leave the troubles of the world behind, You might just swear off that cigarette or trip to the refrigerator for comfort.
This is a painting I created from imagination
Creating worlds with your imagination.
You all have probably been watching television and movies for most of your life and all the imagining was done for you. But I would guess you have also read books. You had to imagine the pictures from the written words of description. You also have your own memory of places where you have been and events and places you have travelled in your life. You also must have had dreams of places you had been. Creating this universe is like living in a waking dream, only you have control over the images and the sounds and the smells. Parts of these imaginings might first come from some things you saw on television. But this time, you can take it one step further. You change the story to fit your own needs and desires. You might be a bit frustrated at first and shake your head and say what the heck is this guy talking about?
Just picture yourself in a place you want to be. Start writing down what you see in your mind. This is for you. You do not have to show it to anyone. This is your own personal interior blog. You can go any direction you want to. Dare to be different. Maybe even a little outrageous. Remember what I said about guilty pleasure? It costs nothing more than some time thay you might have wasted watching something on tv that put you to sleep.
I think everyone has someplace they have imagined they would like to be at one time in their life. You can go there now and write what you see and hear. You can read it back later to yourself, or not. The key is to enjoy the moment of creation when you use your imagination.
Take your time getting used to this new writing habit and yes, it can become a habit; a very satisfying habit that does no harm to the body or the wallet. I have been writing for 40 years and never looked back.
With all the troubles that surround us in our daily lives, we all need a few moments alone to gather our wits and let go of the daily stresses. I hope you will start your own personal writing habit. I think you will enjoy it as much as I have all these many years.