How writing is transformative
This is less of an threadology 101 but more an deeper and true aspect of thread making and becuase it offers advice on varity of threads. As threads are an from of expessive writing you may ask what is expressive writing, and how is that related to my wellness?” Well, expressive writing is a cornerstone of wellness and writing connections. Expressive writing comes from our core. It is personal and emotional writing without regard to form or other writing conventions, like spelling, punctuation, and verb agreement. hen you attempt to envision a “writer,” I’d posit many of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as they obsessively work on the next great novel.It is so much more than that. Expressive writing is thought put to page, which makes all of us writers — even if we don’t have the chops to spin beautiful prose. Expressive writing pays no attention to propriety: it simply expresses what is on your mind and in your heart. Expressive writing pays more attention to feelings than the events, memories, objects, or people in the contents of a narrative. Like narrative writing, expressive writing may have the arc of a story: beginning, middle, and end. Sometimes expressive writing behaves like a story that swells to crest and resolves itself on firm ground. But often, expressive writing is turbulent and unpredictable, and that is OK. Expressive writing is not so much what happened as it is how you feel about what happened or is happening. This is why a mark of a good writer, whether fiction, essay, or poetry, is the ability to unflinchingly illuminate the emotional issues that people often try to suppress. You may ask, Cyanide can’t I express my thoughts in the comments? well that doesn’t work as for one, you are holding back on what you are thinking and you can’t think deeply about your thoughts well, people love it when you explore your thoughts deeply, its where most of the deep bonds made in channels come from, threads tell you how you are well you, not through some random AMA threads/comments where people ask you generic questions. There are people like DG who claim they enjoy threads or say threads are the joy of channels but don’t actually enjoy threads becuase they don’t put the effort or thought into making threads and don’t appericate the process of thread making. People get to learn what makes you, you, through how express yourself through threads, your fears and insecurities. Well not your entire life story ofc but lets be frank AMA threads/comments and talking about your interests can get old after a while. As much you may hate your own life, all your hardships and pain makes your life beautiful, its an reminder you are human.
So without further ado lets look at why you should learn expressive writing
Why you should learn experssive writing [and became an writer in general]
Over the past two decades, numerous studies have demonstrated that writing expressively about stressful or traumatic life events is associated with improvements in physical and psychological health. is not the same as journal writing. This is writing about stressful or traumatic events in one’s life and one’s feelings associated with these events and people. It seems much of the literature on the benefits of writing deals with “expressive writing,” or putting what you think and feel to paper (or, let’s be honest, to the keyboard). For instance, one form of expressive writing might be thinking about and writing out your goals in life—an activity that research has shown is beneficial for motivation. Even blogging “undoubtedly affords similar benefits” to private expressive writing in terms of the therapeutic value. Writing can lead to better thinking + communicating. Laziness with words creates difficulty in describing feelings, sharing experiences, and communicating with others — especially true when it comes to persuasive messages. Constantly having that “tip of the tongue” feeling, or being able to flesh out thoughts in your mind only to have them come stumbling out when you speak is very frustrating. It paints an unfair picture of you, and regular writing can keep this from happening. In both emotional intelligence and in hard sciences like mathematics, “Writing can help the brain to develop the logical functions required for successful math and science learning.” Writing also helps eliminate “it sounded good in my head” syndrome. It forces ideas to be laid out bare for the thinker to see, where it is much less likely that they will be jumbled up like they are in your head (hey, it’s crowded up there!). Writing can also keep you sharp with age. Writing is a thinking exercise, and like physical exercise, it can help keep you “in shape” as you age. Just like how friendships help keep you happy and healthy through their ties to social interaction and dialogue, writing seems like the private equivalent — it keeps you thinking regularly and helps keeps the mental rust from forming. Writing may lead to increased gratitude. Counting your blessings is an activity that is proven to enhance one’s outlook on life. In one study subjects who reflected on the good things in their life once a week (by writing them down) were more positive and motivated about their current situation and their future. The thing was, when they wrote about them every day, the benefits were minimal. This makes sense. Too much of any activity, especially something like reflecting on one’s blessings, can feel disingenuous and just plain boring if it is done too often. In spite of this, it is interesting that writing about the good things in your life has such an impact. Perhaps because it forces you to really look at why those things make you happy. You can make the most of healing power of writing by ind meaning in your experiences through writing by using writing to try to gain understanding and knowledge from your emotions. It’s important to focus on meaning in order to grow and to experience change in the way you view your experiences. Simply going over experiences in the same way repeatedly isn’t going to help things to get better. Search for Cause and Effect. One technique that facilities growth through writing is employing the use of cause-and-effect words in your writing. Researchers have found that the more people use words such as “because” and “realize” the more they appear to benefit from journaling. Writing helps us gain control. By writing down your painful memories and fears, you can expose them for what they really are, just thoughts, and their power can be lessened once you get them out of your head and onto paper. By helping people to manage and learn from their experiences, writing bolsters their immune systems as well as their mental well-being. In this way, writing becomes another important tool for healing. Writing helps closes out our “mental tabs”. Sometimes you feel like your brain has too many tabs open at once. This is often the result of trying to mentally juggle too many thoughts at the same time. Writing allows abstract information to cross over into the tangible world. It frees up mental bandwidth, and will stop your Google Chrome brain from crashing due to tab overload. Getting important ideas down alleviates the stress caused by anticipating this dreadful outcome. But most important of all writing changes our outlook. Journaling may be a popular form of therapeutic writing, but anyone who has gotten lost in a novel knows that stories have the ability to transport us. We can evolve our viewpoint through writing a fictional version of an event—perhaps with an alternative ending or from a new perspective—or by crafting a story based on a specific emotion but with a completely different set of circumstances.
so how can you become an good writer?
You don’t need a college degree or a trained professional in order to be an good writer. While there are many opportunities to participate in structured writing workshops or expressive writing classes led by a therapist or other licensed professional (and this approach is recommended if you plan to use writing to process intensely painful experiences), expressive writing is something you can do on your own. To write an good thread or essay [for the pruposes of this thread I will be using the word thread as more people make threads than essays] you have to make your message clear. This means organizing your key points, supporting them with a series of evidence-based arguments, and wrapping it all up at the end so the reader knows what they’ve learned. To do this well, you need to take the reader’s perspective. If you can see what might trip them up as they read your work, then you can avoid pitfalls that will confuse or bore them. Here are some tips to help you avoid the easy pitfalls. Once understood, these rules can be broken. The general process I use for thread making is first pour my thoughts on topic then organize my key points as if I get stuck then I would write my thoughts in complete sentences but ofc you don’t have to follow this order, you can do in whatever order feels comfortable for you. These tips in general can be applied to any kind of thread, whether its on an series/episode review, off topic or short story thread. In the opening paragraph of your thread should clearly describe what you are going to discuss in the thread. These three things are vital: What’s the thesis (or problem), why is it important, and how are you going to address it? If you have each of those items in your opening paragraph your reader will know what they are reading, why they are reading it, and what they can expect to get out of it. Organize the thread so that it covers a set list of subtopics that each support your main thesis. If it’s a long thread, you should break it up into sections with headings that focus on specific subtopics. Introduce these topics in the opening paragraph of the thread. Overall, you want to organize information so it is easy to understand and remember. After you oragnize your thread so that it covers a set list of subtopics that each support your main thesis start paragraphs with opening sentences that explain what the paragraph is going to say. Then write sentences that follow one from the other and are easy to read. Avoid paragraphs that are too long, that read like lists, or that have no main thesis. Summarize complex paragraphs with concise sentences that explain what the paragraph said. Create transitions between paragraphs so that one paragraph follows from the next. You are trying to make it all easy to understand for your reader. The more organized your writing, the more clearly you will understand and communicate your own ideas. Make your sentences work. Avoid long sentences. When in doubt, break long sentences into smaller sentences. Avoid sentences that are repetitive and don’t provide new information. Throw away weak and empty sentences. Sentences also need to be crystal clear. You can check for clarity by making sure they read well. Read them out loud to yourself or have someone else read them out loud to you. Back to the point of expressive writing so how does this relate to expressive writing? As threads are supposed to be personal you need to take time to think about your thoughts. Be careful when you use words like ‘this’ or ‘that’ or ‘their’ or ‘those’ or ‘these’ or ‘they’. These words are often not as tightly connected to what they reference as you think. Check every one of them and see if you can rewrite it more clearly. When you use *these* words carelessly, your reader will need to think more to understand what you are referring to. *That* will break the flow and make it harder to understand what you’re actually try to say. *They* (the readers) won’t know who you’re referring to. By simply stating what you are referring to specifically, you make your writing clear. It is better to be repetitive than unclear. Use concrete information. Concrete information is powerful, is appealing, it is easier to understand, and it sticks in people’s memory. Concrete information includes things like examples, statistics, quotes, facts, and other details. The more sentences that go by without communicating new concrete information or ideas that develop your thesis, the more likely your reader is to get bored. Make sure everything is relevant. Don’t include random facts that are not relevant. Don’t include extra words that you don’t need (“actually”, “very”, “in many ways”, “the fact that”). Don’t include paragraphs that have lots of cool facts if they aren’t related to your central thesis. If you are doing this for the sake of um saying look at me my thread is long so I’m an smartass/respect me by making more comments there is no point of thread in first place. Doing so slows down your reader and confuse them because they expect to hear content that is related to your theme. But if you are making your thread long becuase you actually enjopy making it longer or want to be more expressive go ahead. After you write a first draft (where you are just trying to get ideas down on paper), see what you can cut out to focus your argument on what matters. The very best threads provide their own critique. End with something like this before the final summary: Provide criticism of your key point (appropriately referenced). Then provide criticism of the criticizer that you referenced (with another reference). If you can do this well, then in most instances you will have demonstrated thorough understanding of the issues. After this, provide your conclusion. In the conclusion, take a position, make a prediction, or propose some future actions (an experiment, an implication, a new question to be addressed, etc). Summarize your thesis and the evidence you’ve provided in a concise way without being wishy-washy.
But what if you are exprincing writer’s block?
We’re going to go there, right now, even though it might lead to automatic resistance: Writer’s block is a myth . It is not something that always existed; in fact, the concept originated in the early 19th Century when the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge first described his “indefinite indescribable terror” at not being able to produce work he thought worthy of his talent. Romantic English poets of the time believed their poems magically arrived from an external source, so when their pens dried up and the words did not flow, they assumed the spirits, the gods, and/or their individual muses were not visiting them with favor. French writers soon latched onto the idea of a suffering connected to writing and expanded it to create the myth that all writers possessed a tortured soul, and were unable to write without anguish. Later, the anxiety (the artistic inhibition) that often accompanies writing was blamed on, or turned into, neurosis, depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction. On good days, writers suffered for their art, and never so much as when they allowed psychological issues to thwart their ability to write. Here is the simple truth you need to accept. : The very nature of the art of writing incorporates uncertainty, experimentation, and a willingness to create art from the depths of who we are. Writing is a mentally challenging occupation, which requires more hard-core, cognitive expenditure than many other lines of work. Writers have to think and think hard—and we have to think beyond mastering craft into creating works full of meaning, purpose, and nobility—and then editing and selling them. So, to even assume that this should go smoothly—particularly in the slogging middle—is to be misguided. To explain how people lose motivation to write I will explain why people don’t want to write
Why people don’t want to write in the first place
contary to what most people think instead of laziness fear of failure is actually the biggest reason people don’t want to make threads in the first place. Fear of failure perfectionism and excessive self-criticism. Often when you try to make an thread for first time you can feel your imaginative juices bubbling under the surface, but you are crippled by the sense that nothing youy produce is ever good enough. One way to address this to relax your expectations. Accept that writing is a messy process. Your story isn’t going to be perfect the first time you write it (nor the second or third). But that’s okay. You must give yourself permission to not be perfect, to not even be good, during your initial attempt convince yourself that you are working in clay, not marble, on paper not eternal bronze. Let that first sentence be as stupid as it wishes. You will also need to change your view on failure. Failure is an inherent part of any endeavor, especially a creative one. Novices often view failure as an indication that they don’t have what it takes to become a good writer. But experienced writers know failure is part of the process and that it simply indicates they need to try harder. As fear of failure is driven by aniexty, a third treatment it is to engage in calming activities. This is where take an break advice is really helpful. Go outside and get some fresh air. Spend some quality time with friends and family. Better yet, try meditation (which not only reduces anxiety but boosts creativity). Give yourself a few hours or even a few days off and chances are, when you come back to your writing you will feel less anxious. Fear of rejection can often overlap fear of failure. You either feel you never achieve other’s standards or others don’t recongize your talent. if you are making threads for those reasons, just STOP there. As threads are meant to be personal you shouldn’t give a damn about what others think, write without concern for others’ opinions. Easier said than done. This saying might help
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say
So how can people lose thier motivation to write
One factor that can make you lose motivation to write is your passion has waned. It happens. Because writing requires full immersion—thinking about it, crafting it, dreaming about it, obsessing about it—your brain may be on overload or just bored. It doesn’t mean that your writing is boring; it means that you’ve worked and reworked the material so much that it now feels, sounds, or reads boring—to your mind. A pair of fresh eyes would likely have a more objective opinion, though it’s not time to ask for outside eyes. Asking now may invite uninformed opinions (no one will have invested as much as you have to date) that make you question everything, and editing while writing can stifle creativity. Wait until the first draft is complete and it’s time to edit, before allowing yourself, or others, to question your creative decisions or, worse yet, to nitpick. Lots of writers discard projects at this stage, often lamenting that they just lost the juice they needed to keep going. They chalk it up to choosing the wrong project, the wrong genre, the wrong topic, the wrong characters, or whatever. That may be the case, but if feeling bored about a third of the way in becomes a pattern, it’s likely more about you than about the story, characters, or subject matter. Remember, your writing brain looks for and responds to patterns, so be careful that you don’t make succumbing to boredom or surrendering projects without a fight into a habit. Do your best to work through the reasons you got stalled and to finish what you started. This will lay down a neuronal pathway that your writing brain will merrily travel along in future work. If you’ve lost steam and fear it’s because you’ve chosen the wrong subject, take a day or two to do, read, or think about something else. Before you go back to the manuscript, ask yourself these three probing questions to reveal the real reason you chose this topic:
- What drove me to write about this in the first place?
- Why did I feel that this was worth a year of my time?
- What is it that I wanted the world to know?
If your reasons remain solid, true, and important enough to you, you’ll likely spark a few “grass fires” into your neuronal forest, which will send you rushing to your desk.
Having really high expecations can also cuase you to lose your motivation.A mistake many novice writers make is setting their sights too high, and expecting perfection when they have yet to finish thier work. The best advice anyone can give inexperienced writers is to write a first draft as quickly as possible, as good books are not written, but rewritten and rewritten and rewritten. Once you have a first draft, you have a solid base on which to build, and all the “problems” you anticipated will work themselves out as you massage and craft your raw material.
Some of the most transformative from of writing include:
To live is to risk it all; otherwise you’re just an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows you