#Define your Dash

Why write and how?

February 20, 2017

Too often we race through our day and life without pausing to reflect and honor the journey we are on! Writing is a great way to slow down.  Recording our stories can also strengthen our emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.

Think about these 3 benefits:

1.  Sharing creates stronger connections.

When you take the time to share your thoughts, feelings, and aspirations, relationships are strengthened and bonds are forged.  Friends, family, and co-workers are used to viewing the role you play with them.  When they realize you are multifaceted, there's more of you to like and enjoy.  

To write means more than putting pretty words on a page.
The act of writing is to share a part of your soul with the world.

Your family will thank you!  The older they get, the more curious they will be about who you were and what life experiences molded you into the person you have become.  Sharing your hard-earned wisdom from challenges met and overcome may just be the inspiration they need.

2.  You'll think and feel better.

Stress is a killer, folks, in all it's forms, and negative mind chatter is the worst.  Take out the trash and create a place for positive images and words to flourish.  You'll no longer think about the past and all it's failings and can be more present and look to the future with optimism.   

I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at,
what I see and what it means.  What I want and what I fear.  
~  Joan Didion

Processing memories will create more resilience for challenges that come to all.  The immune system thrives on hope and courage.

3.  You might be able to fire your shrink.

It's my personal preference to write knowing there is a chance my pages will be read.  If you need, however, to get some ugliness out, get a private journal.  Let your pencil do the talking.  Say whatever you want - in great detail - as long as you want.  When your heart says "done", exhale, start a gratitude list and destroy the former.  Let it go.

I can shake off everything as I write; 
my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.  
~ Ann Frank

BUT (you say) . . . I'm not a good writer.  I want to write my stories, but it's not easy.

1:  Just write.  It's all about you first.  Editing can come later.  

Consider a private journal for "Morning Pages" - stream of consciousness or freestyle writing.  I've tried it and it's pretty amazing and liberating!

Get it down.  Take chances.  
It may be bad, but it's the only way 
you can do anything really good.  
~  William Faulkner

Read more.  Great writers teach us how to write. 

2:  Find your voice.  

Write as you would speak.  Your memory becomes rich and vibrant - the tale more believable!  Personality jumps off the page and kindred spirits are found.

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. 
 ~ Ray Bradbury
3.  Be passionate. 

Any journal entry or writing prompt should be something that you feel strongly about, humorous or heartfelt. Not every story needs to be told, but some must never be forgotten.  What was the lesson learned or passion expressed? 

I want to say something so embarrassing about September
that even the leaves start blushing and turning red.

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