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Writing for Therapy.



Everyone wants to be Heard. 


Your voice is as important as the president’s or Martin Luther King’s. Everyone has a voice and every voice should first be written, then heard. 

We are attention-seeking beings, there's a reason why we have a voice and there's a reason why we have ears—that is, so we can listen to each other. Not just hear—listen! Sure, anyone can hear you, just make a loud sound, but not having anyone to listen to you, now that is the factor here, and it could be quite frustrating. 


Listen to Yourself Constructively


We all speak to ourselves, probably not out loud but surely in the cave-walls of our skulls. Now let's take that a step further by actually writing these thoughts down: The unspoken words. The best therapy that I've found in my journey of life is writing down how I genuinely feel on paper. What I mean by this is writing your exact feelings about a particular subject, place, person or thing. 

A "getting it off your chest" mechanism; the best way to release stress is out. Wouldn't it be nice to not put the heat on someone, place, or thing yet rather on paper, where it's safe and no one can get hurt?


Throw Away the Pain


We often hold our tongues when someone hurts us, but what if we constructed those feelings into writing; cursing that person to an oblivion, expressing how mad he or she got us, then throwing it away—seeing how something as petty as silly shenanigans or an argument can get us in a rut for nothing. It's always important to throw away the "dirty papers". Why?

What you give onto others you'll end up giving to yourself and that includes hurting people. If someone hurt you and you try to get back at him or her for revenge, what you're actually doing is hurting yourself. Because, either that person will resent you or wish you harm in return, not speak to you again and put you on the blacklist, or straight up fight fire with fire. It is a no win situation. I'm not saying get punk'd around. Man-up if you have to but choose your fights wisely. Is it worth your time? Time is money and money is energy. So is it worth the investment? Write it down first; make the smart decision to get pass your predicaments with constructive writing. 


Writing is the Greatest Medicine


Many people result to smoking, alcohol, or a lust for drugs for the sake of being stress free or suppressing emotions. Bad idea, this is not a long-term fix, it's a temporary fix. Which in the process gradually decays your body after a certain peak in your life. 

It's so revitalizing to see how writing down my emotions on paper, 15 minutes a day or more, makes a strong difference in my social and personal life. There's not a day where I feel like I need a substance to drown in for the sake of repressing my emotional needs. The most natural thing you can do besides writing is meditate but writing how you feel down is much more powerful because you're not just being passive, you're actually releasing your strong emotional will with the power of your own words on paper—where no harm could be done on anyone or thing. 


It's Not a Secret 


Now getting these thoughts on paper is fun and it is a great place to find a therapist. You should always be your own therapist before allowing anyone else to enter your domain. 

And it is better safe to view yourself; dark desires, hatred and etc. before letting anyone else in. Only when it's "okay", when you have constructed those words together properly enough to do them onto another ear, should you let the cat out of the bag. 

This is not for the sake of keeping it all to yourself. Every problem will be heard on to others eventually, especially to those that you love and are close to. However, I think it is safe for you to check if it's necessary to speak these words how you first intended to or even at all. Words are powerful—they start wars!


Don't Forget to Throw Away the Trash 


After you have finished writing your dirty papers, it's time to clean up. Start with a fresh sheet of paper and write how you would like to feel rather not feel. 

THROW AWAY the dirty papers from any lurking eyes that may "mistakenly pick them up". Words unsaid but written are as equally as powerful than words spoken, if not, even greater. We all have our flaws and insecurities, if the wrong person picks up these dirty papers, they may cause a lot of damage.  How that person interprets the dirty paper may cause you to have to move out-of-town next week or get suited for a war. This all depends on the person's level of sensitivity which we can avoid all together by making sure that it goes into the waste composite to a wasteland very far away from home.


-Bernard Noel




Write your manuscript in one season




What is your story about? (Write this in one sentence.)

Focus on gathering all of your ideas for your story in a clear and compact sentence. Once you can do this, or should I say master this, you will now have a story to tell. Keep it simple.



Who are your characters?

It's important to know how many characters will be playing in your stories and the purpose that they will be fulfilling throughout the journey as the role of your main character(s). 



What makes them unique? 

(If you don't have an idea of who your characters really are, neither will your readers.)

Create the mind and body of your characters, including psychological behaviors. Do they have any habits, fears, phobias, fettishes, things that they're hiding, twitches? How do they speak? This can be determined in the characters strengths, insecurities, background, upbringing and so forth. It's important for you to know all the gritty needy details of these character(s) that you are giving life too. However, it is not necessary for the readers to know what you know, only that it is conveyed through the showing of your words. 



(Where are you bringing your readers to?) What is the objective of the story? 

The goal(s) of your character(s) should be introduced earlier on in the story and progressed or even sometimes changed based on the obstacles that he, she or they have to face. Knowing this in advance will give you more freedom to play with your characters and have fun in the writing process. Never will you be faced with writer's block, and if you do stumble upon writer's block, it'll be minor. 


Constantly fuel your mind as to why you started writing your story in the first place. Have an automated reminder for your influence. For example, for my story Juice Kids I constantly reminded myself how happy, awe inspiring, funny, and very mysterious I wanted the story to be for kids all around the world. I even designed a vision board that continuously gave me the juice I needed to get things going. 



(What age group?)

If you want to write for kids, like I did, then you have to remember or practice the elements of amusing children. Think like a kid—I mean it! If you're writing for young adults then you have to step it up a notch and start getting into what teenagers are into nowadays. Because unlike kids and adults, teens are more prone to what's current. Which means that they are susceptible to modern trends and urban phrases; if your characters are saying words like "Holy mackerel!" Then you are out of date unless your book takes place in the time in which that term was used.  

1st Month


Write Trash. 

Write without stopping for the need to edit.

Most of the time our first manuscript or draft is always filled with errors anyways right? So why bother perfecting it as you write. You'll be wasting too much time on an irrational effort. Remember our focus here is in having you finish your manuscript in one season! Even if you feel like there's a lot of grammatical errors, who cares, just write it down until its all finished! So write trash!

2nd Month


What did you write?

Revise and edit your work until you iron out all of the wrinkles. This is when editing becomes vital. Do your revising, then send it to an editor to re-revise your work. Editing your work all by yourself is not the answer; there's always something in which your eyes did not catch. 


3rd Month


Know your story!

Polish out the plot holes that you may have. Make sure that there are no missing details that are vital to the story. See that the plot is clear and can be understood not only by yourself but also the masses. Your editor will also be of help in this phase. 


You're ready for a third eye!

Find someone you know that is an avid reader (who can also be your editor) who can clearly understand your story and validate that it make sense in the world of literature. Do not take upon someone who reads partially or does not understand literature. Not only will you be wasting your time but you'll be wasting his or hers too. You need a judge who 'in the court of literature' can honestly say that your story is book material. 

-Bernard Noel