Go create, write stories, free yourself

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ADDICTIONS COME IN MANY FORMS; MINE IS COMING UP WITH STORIES; ABOUT PLACES, ABOUT PEOPLE, ABOUT TIMES GONE BY, ABOUT SITUATIONS.

TALES, FABRICATED IN MY MIND, IN THE WEIRDEST OF PLACES AND IN THE STRANGEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES, ARE WHAT KEEP ME FROM GOING BONKERS.

THE STORIES CAN START AS A WORD OR A FEELING OR A SMELL OR A SITUATION AND ALWAYS START WITH A QUESTION.

FROM THERE IT’S A THRILLING JOURNEY INTO THE FANTASY PLACE OF AN IMAGINED SITUATION OR PERSON OR EVENT; TO TAKE A FACE ONCE SEEN AND TURN IT INTO A PERSON THAT MAKES THINGS HAPPEN. THE DELIGHTS ARE ENDLESS.

THIS ‘HOBBY’ OF MINE MAKES ME APPEAR WEIRD, DETACHED AND PERHAPS A BIT REMOVED FROM THE WORLD, AND QUITE POSSIBLY THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT.

MY STORIES – LIKE A RUSSIAN DACHA, THOSE GREAT COUNTRY HOUSES – PULSE WITH LIFE AND KEEP ME WARM AND HAPPY WHEN THINGS ARE SLIDING INTO SHIT, IN REAL TIME.

AND THERE ARE THEMES WHICH ALWAYS APPEAR IN MY STORIES; STRANGE HISTORIC HOUSES SEEM TO ALWAYS APPEAR, ANGRY CONTROLLING PEOPLE POP UP; EXOTIC PLACES ARE ANOTHER THEME; PEOPLE WHO HAVE FRAMED THEMSELVES AS OUTSIDERS ARE ANOTHER.

THE IDEAS FOR STORIES APPEAR – USUALLY AS ONE WORD – AND THEY GET WRITTEN DOWN AND SAVED IN A NOTEBOOK.

SO WHAT?

YOU’D BE RIGHT IN THINKING THIS, BUT THE POINT OF POSTING UP A LITTLE BLOG ABOUT STORYTELLING IS THAT IT IS AS VITAL AS BREATHING.

A LIFE WITHOUT STORIES IS NO LIFE AT ALL AND WE’RE ALL IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR OWN STORIES AND DRAMAS. IF YOU WANT TO EXPRESS YOURSELF – AND WHO DOESN’T – WRITING STORIES IS A WAY TO UNBURDEN YOURSELF.

TRY THESE TIPS:- THINK ABOUT THE RUSH OF LIFE AND WHY YOU NEED TO BE SO BUSY ALL THE TIME. JUST THINK ABOUT THIS SENTENCE FOR TWO MINUTES AND LET YOUR MIND WANDER.

BEING BUSY DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE IMPORTANT. IT MEANS YOU’RE RUNNING AWAY FROM A WHOLE HEAP OF STUFF.

NOW, SIT IN YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE – PUT THAT F****** PHONE AWAY (LOCK IT IN ANOTHER ROOM) AND STARE AT THE WALL. STUDY THE WALL OR THE SCENE IN FRONT OF YOU, COUNT THE LEAVES, THE SHADES OF COLOUR, THE WALLPAPER PATTERNS AND THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE.

THINK ABOUT A PERSON WHO IS BOTHERING YOU RIGHT NOW OR WHO IS LOOMING LARGE IN YOUR LIFE, AND IMAGINE THEM IN ANOTHER CENTURY, AS ANOTHER PERSON.

WHO WOULD THEY BE? NAPOLEON? STALIN? MARIE ANTOINETTE OF FRANCE?

IMAGINE THEM IN AN ENVIRONMENT YOU KNOW WELL AND GO WALKING WITH THEM DOWN THE STREETS OF THIS PLACE. CHAT WITH THEM. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEM. ARE THEIR VOICES PLEASANT? ARE THEY FRIENDLY? WHAT DO YOU SEE OR FEEL WHEN YOU LOOK AT THEM?

SEND THEM SOMEWHERE DANGEROUS AND IMAGINE YOURSELF WATCHING WHAT HAPPENS.

ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE IN THEIR WORLD FOR TEN MINUTES, THEN BRING YOURSELF BACK TO THE PRESENT AND BE AWARE OF HOW YOU’RE FEELING.

YOU’RE BACK IN THE PRESENT WITH A STORY THAT’S ALL YOURS.

NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH IT?

YOU’RE GOING TO WRITE IT DOWN, THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO WITH IT.

YOU COULD WRITE A SHORT POEM, A SHORT STORY, AN IDEA FOR A NOVEL OR A PLAY. IT COULD BE DEVELOPED OR ABANDONED. IT COULD BE KEPT PRIVATE OR SHARED VIA SOCIAL MEDIA WITH FRIENDS OR ENEMIES.

ONE THING IS CERTAIN, THE STORY THAT IS YOURS WILL ADD A CALMER MORE BEAUTIFUL LAYER TO YOUR INNER WORLD, AND AS A CONSEQUENCE WILL ADD LAYERS OF CONTENTMENT (AND HAPPINESS) TO YOUR LIFE.

WHY?

BECAUSE IN PRODUCING A LITTLE (OR BIG) STORY YOU’VE EMBARKED ON THE ACT OF CREATION…..AND BY CREATING YOU’VE TAKEN CONTROL………AND BY TAKING CONTROL YOU’VE EMPOWERED YOURSELF……..AND BY EMPOWERING YOURSELF YOU’VE BOOSTED YOUR SELF-ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE, AND BY BOOSTING YOUR SELF-ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE YOU’RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOU INTERACT WITH THE WORLD.

YOU GET WHERE I AM GOING WITH THIS……..

HAPPY STORY-FINDING (TELLING).

MUCH LOVE,

JO X

 

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