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Narrative: The Therapeutic Power of Writing
Written by Catherine Davis   

There are many ways in which we can use writing to improve our mental wellbeing. The very act of writing gives structure to our thoughts. It enables us to assimilate experiences, explore emotions and clarify ideas. We become more mindful of what we are thinking, and at the same time gain the distance to see things more clearly.

As such, writing can be a useful way to formulate plans for the future. Putting pen to paper may help us to focus on where we want to go and what we want to achieve in the short or long term, and subsequently map out courses of action.

Writing about past and present experiences is also a valuable exercise, providing an outlet for emotions which may otherwise be suppressed. By making the unconscious conscious so to speak, writing can be excellent therapy.In fact a large body of recent research has shown that it has clear beneficial effects on our well being, and that this holds whether the experiences written about are negative or positive ones.

This may be because writing fosters both introspection and detachment. It allows us  not only to express our feelings but to analyse them, and so reach a better understanding of ourselves and our lives.

Last but but by no means least, writing is one of the most creative tools that we possess. Many authors begin their literary careers with semi autobiographical work and find that it leads them to venture further into fictional territory.

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