Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Writing First to Vent, Then to Create
When I'm stressed from the day's events, writing can be quite therapeutic for me. Yet at times, there's too much craziness when dealing with the chaos in the world; so fulfilling my creative outlet can become quite daunting. Honestly, those are the times which I would love to crawl into a hole and hide away. Thank goodness my inner voices reel me back into focus. If those fail, I also have the encouragement and support from my fiance to help get me back on task. Ironically, sometimes the one thing that assists me with writing fiction and riding myself from the black despair of a "creative dry spell" or "writer's block" is actually writing about the day's crappy events.
You see, when I pen down on paper about the rude lady in the check out line or pound away at the keyboard about the asshole who cut me off in traffic, those little 'vent' sessions unclog and drain away all the nasty sludge from the day. In turn, once it's left my brain and entered the writing pad, my mind has become free to explore the unknown and drift into the world of fiction without feeling guilty. I don't need to continue examining my feelings because I've dealt with the issues of eating that second piece of chocolate cake once I typed my regret out onto the keyboard. There's no need to beat myself up over and over again. I've released any feelings of pain, anger, regret, or sadness out into the universe. Those feelings along with the hurt from past or present relationships; such as from an ex-boyfriend, a parent, or a former best friend, can all be used on paper to heal your heart.
When times I've hurt the most, writing in a journal gets rid of the bitterness and anger. It also aids me with getting my creative juices flowing once more because I don't have all that mess cluttering up my thoughts. My subconscious can truly roam free without the extra baggage of all the unwanted visitors. Plus it's always a great way to twist those vent writing sessions into a new plot line for your next story. Just remember to change the names. Lol. Seriously though, what techniques do you use to help get rid of the world's nasty bits and focus on the fictional side of life?