Writing Tip: Don’t Fuel the Fire

photo-18In a world filled with people who fight anxiety and depression on a daily basis, maybe it is time for writers to stop adding fuel to the fire. Many of us can relate to walking in darkness; fighting demons that we can’t control, but what about those of us who have conquered them? The way the world keeps going -one step away from falling over the edge – it might be time to share with others, positive insight on how we have moved beyond the darkness and into the light. Be an inspiration and spread hope, rather than living in the shadows.

Here are a few tips on how to help others with their struggles:

The pen and the sword – it takes more energy to walk around angry and with a chip on your shoulder every day. Use your pen like the sword and slice that negativity until you are able to feel life again. Show others how a change in attitude has changed your life for the better.

Show your wings – You were once trampled over, abused, or felt like you couldn’t do anything right. Share with that audience how you were able to overcome those obstacles and spread your wings. Use your sob stories in a positive light to let them know there is hope.

Put the past in a box – we can bury the past, but there will be times when those demons revive to haunt us. You can never rid yourself of the bad things that happened, but we can reveal to other how those events helped us grow and gain strength.

Change the perspective – instead of frowning on the obstacles in our path, look at them from a different perspective. If you are stuck in traffic, think of it as more time to listen to some good music on the radio. When a thunderstorm ruins your plans to go out, look at it as a time to stay in your pajamas and enjoy a day watching movies. Show others that such trivial things are not worth getting upset over.

First World Problems – a lot of people may hate when people tell them “it could have been worse” but the statement is an accurate one. We are not without our fair share of problems, but we are in one of the most privileged nations in the world. When there are people in other countries living without running water, walking long distances with no shoes, or citizens having absolutely no rights and are at the hands of tyrannical leaders, our first world problems seem trivial. Share how you are able to appreciate the simple things and enjoy the life we have been given.


20161107_133412-2Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.

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