You will often hear the advice to “write it down” as a solution to a number of issues. Writing is an avenue of expression that is accessible to anyone and anyone can do. There are no rules, no set template. All you need is a pen and paper and you’re immediately empowered. Here’s why:
1. You Absorb More Information if You Write It down
Empower yourself with a firmer intellect and a stronger grasp of important concepts. Our brains are wired to become stronger when we teach, and writing concepts down is tantamount to helping teach others and yourself. You will retain information and understand concepts better if you write them down. Empower yourself by improving your intellect and showing the world you are more than what everybody else decides you should be!
2. Some Emotions Are Difficult to Comprehend without Structure
When you write, you can build structure into your words. You can create something that has a form and a feel to it that you can relate to. You can get your words out on a page and in the process, you are able to fully understand how you feel about them and what they mean to you. Maybe the parts that made you cry are parts that mean more to you than you first thought, and maybe the parts you thought were going to be very difficult were actually masking another emotion (maybe one of relief?).
3. Discover a New and More Powerful Medium for Your Ideas
Convey your thoughts and feelings via a creative medium such as writing and allow them to transcend into something more exquisite.
4. Work through Your Grief and See It for What It is
Do not knock the people that say they can work through their grief with the written word. Sometimes, writing about your grief will help you see it for what it is. It may even help you see that there is a tomorrow on the calendar.
5. Keep a Diary Because Today is Worth Remembering
The sad thing about life is that we forget it. Write in a diary so that you can see what happened to you in times gone past. A few written clues as to things that happened in your past will help you relive old glories and will remind you that you lived in the first place.
6. Create the Character You Want to Be
Write fiction and place yourself in the shoes of the person you want to be. Want the power to cut a boulder in half with a sword? You could give yourself the power of Thor and the Green Dragon blade from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Want to seduce Brad Pitt whilst Captain America watches? Then write it into your story, and if you change the names, you can turn it into a book on its own, just like how the Twilight fan fiction became Shades of Grey.
7. Conduct Your Own Behavioral Therapy
One of the reasons why everyone should write is because it allows a person to undertake their own behavioral therapy. For example, let’s say you have become increasingly nervous about going to bed at night. Maybe you have hit an age where you have recognized your own mortality and that one day you are going to leave this earth. You could let this problem suffocate you until the idea of going to bed at night starts to cause panic attacks, or you can write about it. You can write about it every day and you can point out the behaviors in your mind that are causing the problem. You can write about how you feel, how you act, and how you think, you can identify the problem and you can teach yourself to solve it through your own writing and self-examination.
I like to write because I feel like it declutters my mind, creating space for more thoughts and feelings. Do you write? Are you a random thoughts kind of writer or do you keep a diary?