One of the most common methods chosen to express oneself creatively is through writing. It can not only have a profound positive impact on the author but also on the audience. In addition, because it is visual, it can be reflected upon multiple times, allowing for the ideas to resonate and heal like the most powerful therapies.
For me, writing has been a therapeutic exercise. It has helped me debrief from situations that I don’t understand or are stressful. I have used it to turn my negative mindset into positive thoughts in writing stories in trying to see situations from another character’s perspective. I’ve even used the power of the pen to express ‘I’ messages to others, which sometimes I have shared and other times, remain private and are destroyed. Typically, after writing I feel a sense of peace and harmonious energy.
Yet, writing has the power not only to heal the soul of the author but can also educate, change mindsets, and correct while healing dysfunctional perspectives and behaviour. Commonly, we turn to directive self-help and non-fiction to educate. Another genre of writing that can educate in an entertaining and non-threatening way is historical fiction.