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Five Ways To Get Your Feelings Out On Paper

Updated: Sep 20, 2022

By: Atticus Publishing

Have you ever listened to a song and wondered how the songwriter could write a song that just struck a chord?

Have you read a poem that just encapsulates how you feel at the moment?

Have you ever wondered how they were able to do that and asked, "Am I also capable of doing such a thing?"

In interviews, writers have always said that writing is a form of therapy for them. It helps them reduce stress, release negative emotions, and put things into perspective. No wonder we get good heart-wrenching compositions from them!

With what's happening in the world today - the pandemic, outrageous protests and rallies - some have been turning to writing to cope with their mental health. But when presented with a pen and paper, the age-old question comes to mind, "How do I do this?"

Fret not! Here are five ways to slowly get your feelings out on paper (or e-paper, whatever works for you!

1. Free Write

This is perfect for those still dipping their toes in the water. Think of a topic and write anything you can think of about that topic. Just let your thoughts flow without worrying about spelling, grammar, punctuation, or style. You can set a timer if you want, but the goal here is to write anything and everything that comes to mind. The best part here is that there are no rules, so you can be as flexible as you want! A lot of new writers do this to develop their creativity and thought process, as well as experienced writers to get rid of writer's block. So if you're new to writing, this is one good way to kick off your writing journey!

2. Write A Poem

If you want a more structured approach to writing, maybe poetry is for you! Though different types of poems are pretty loose in terms of prosody, you can just start with the basic – one that follows a simple style, rhyme, and pattern. Think of children's poetry – simple yet fun!

Writing poetry enhances how you express your feelings and ideas on pen and paper, allowing you to freely get in touch with your emotions.

It also widens your vocabulary since you'll find words that rhyme and develop critical, creative writing skills since you will connect those words together and match the whole thing with a beat. Now that's a fun challenge!

3. Write A Song

IMusic is undoubtedly a great way to express yourself, and what better way to up your A-game than by matching your poetry with a catchy tune!

If you love music (who doesn't?), then this should be a good option. Songwriting has a lot of benefits, and it's no question that, aside from developing creativity, it is a good outlet for self-expression. It also stimulates your brain by letting you experiment with different arrangements and styles. Creating music also helps build motor skills, so if you're planning to learn how to play an instrument to match your lyrical composition, then now is a good time.

4. Write A Short Story

Have a story to tell but can't commit to a full-length novel? How about writing a short story instead?

Though brief, short stories actually pack quite a punch. Since it's less elaborate than a novel, you can skip all the unnecessary details and focus on the story's plot, main characters, setting, theme, conflict, and morals. Writing short stories develops your writing skills as it challenges you to write a complete and comprehensive story without beating around the bush. You want your story to be read in one sitting and let the reader capture the emotion you want to be evoked.

5. Write A Blog

Don't know where to start? How about writing something about your favorite food, product, or hobby?

Seems fun and easy, right? Because it is!

Welcome to the world of blogging! Many people enjoy blogging because they get to share their passion online; the beauty here is that anyone can do it! All you need to start is a topic, and you are good to go. Writing blog content has a lot of benefits. First, it's a good form of therapy as you get to talk about something you love, which lifts up your mood. Second, you will develop your writing skills. Most blogs are written in a casual, conversational tone, so most grammar rules don't really apply. Eventually, as you continue blogging, you will learn to pay close attention to style, word choice, and sentence structure.

Another great reason to start blogging is to interact with people with the same passion and learn from those who have a different take from yours. Basically, it's a 2-way street, but the most important thing here is that you learn. Lastly, you can potentially earn because of blogging! Some companies reach out to bloggers to review their products and to build brand awareness. Bloggers then take this opportunity to increase their exposure or monetize their blogging empire. Now, who doesn't want to make money doing what they love?

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