Have you ever read a great story and thought, that’s almost exactly what happened to me (in that relationship or at work or a troubling situation) or that’s what I wish I had said or done when that experience happened to me?
You don’t have to be a published author to enjoy writing. Writing can be a very effective way to process your thoughts and think outside the box for problem solving.
If you’ve been inspired by reading a story where the main character overcomes adversity and various trials and tribulations to win in the end, think back to how this made you feel, how invested you were in the story, and how good you felt when the story ended and the main character had achieved their life purpose.
You can help create similar positive and affirming thoughts and actions for yourself, by writing a story about you as the main character. Take the stressful situation that is in your life right now and see yourself as the main character in a novel. Now that you are a “character”, the pressure to make the right decision is off and you can open your mind to see all of the potential possibilities of how this character could handle the situation. You are giving yourself permission to be the hero in your own story!
When you give yourself the freedom to write in order to work out something going on in your life, the creative process flows with ideas you would have never considered before, because you were feeling too stressed and overwhelmed with the situation.
When you change your thinking and open up to seeing the situation as a character in a novel, you free your mind and can think of a variety of ways to solve the problem.
Once you’ve developed the story from the viewpoint of the main character, then expand the story in order to see it from different perspectives… Create a variety of supportive characters in your story including friends, co-workers, well intentioned strangers, spirit guides and others. As you write your story, think about what advice and opinions they would share with the main character about the situation.
This process of looking through the eyes of others, can help you understand how different people process and handle similar problems according to their personality, and how their thoughts and actions pull them into certain situations and create harmony or dis-harmony on a daily basis.
Thinking differently about your stressful situation in this manner can help you see the light on how to get yourself out of a jam.
Try it, Go Ahead and Write Yourself Out of a Problem! Chances are you’ll feel better by processing the information and problem solving using this unique method, and who knows, you might end up with an inspiring novel of your own, both in life and on paper. 🙂