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How writing changes us so we can change others

I have a theory that writing poems, or any form of literature, makes the world a safer, kinder, more peaceful place, not just for the meaning expressed in the sentences, but the effect the act of writing has on the writer and in turn readers.

Writing is a great equalizer — a way of connecting with people and by extension, the world. Because no matter where they live, people share the same feelings of loss and joy in the midst of tragic and hopeful circumstances.

Writing celebrates universal moments of surprise, love, and humor. It helps put perspective on our troubles. Transforms. Many people have been silenced until someone else’s words or images shined a light on their suffering, giving a voice to the voiceless.

Remember for a moment the heartbreak and joy we feel as we write — that connection with our characters and our humanity. Now imagine that when we do this for ourselves, we do it for the reader.

How has writing changed you?

Photo by Scott Bourne – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

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  1. I’ve read your post about three times and your message resonates with me. I have been proclaiming the same message for some time now, but I have not verbalized what you found words for: “Many people have been silenced until someone else’s words or images shined a light on their suffering, giving a voice to the voiceless.” Yessss!

    Linda

    March 29, 2012

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