When I tell my story, I am reframing the narratives that have held me back so that I may move forward

In memoir, we can reframe the narratives of our life. Writing heals. It can be just for you, or to share with the world. But by writing about your life, you can begin to forgive, to heal, and to move forward. Keeping a daily journal can help you to reflect on your life and see the bigger picture. I recommend The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. 

In fiction, we can reframe the narrative of never enough. Never enough time in a day. Never enough words. Never enough pages. The world is spinning and all your peers are getting published (it seems) and you didn’t get to write yesterday, you total piece of crap, how will you ever be a writer with no work ethic, and also you suck anyway and will amount to nothing so what’s the point- 

Slow down. Breathe. Once again, I recommend The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. 

When you write, you can reframe the narrative that you aren’t enough and aren’t doing enough. Take your five minutes, your ten minutes, your one hour, and just write. And know that each moment is a building block on top of the others, that you are forging a path for yourself, that you are exactly where you need to be in this moment, and you can call yourself a writer and no one can take that away from you.

Published by thegratefulpoet

I am a writer and artist living in the Pacific Northwest. I love to talk about books, writing advice, cats, tea, tarot, yoga & activism.

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