Nurture Creativity With Writing

How do you know when they are being struck by an urge to create through writing? How does one funnel that creative urge into something productive and beautiful? And what’s the point of taking the time to write, anyways?

The preteen and teenage years are ripe with creative urges, as girls are unfolding new ideas and truths about the world and find themselves eager to express their emotions about it all.  Creative writing, whether it be through journaling, storytelling or poetry helps to produce psychological and emotional well-being. Psych Central, an award-winning website run by mental health professionals, states that writing frees the brain “to create, intuit, and feel. It also “removes mental blocks” so that one may “better understand [herself] and the world around [her].” As a result, one can clarify thoughts and feelings that previously confused her. One will better know herself and be able to identify beneficial and toxic elements in her own mind and in her environment.

But sometimes taking the time to write, or knowing how to begin, is easier said than done. To get the most out of creative writing it is important to know when one is being inspired to create. Have you ever imagined a scene or dialogue or an event that never actually happened but came vividly alive in your mind? Had thoughts about something or someone that got you really excited, really sad, or really angry? Experienced something that you long to hold on to but don’t know how? These instances are more than just random weirdness; they are the creative impulse – your mind and soul telling you they want to create things, to make the random beauty of your mind into a reality that other people can read if you choose to share with them. Instead of letting those feelings and imaginative scenarios slip away make them into a reality. Write them down.Hispanic girl writing

There is no one way to write. You decide how you want to go about creating the written word. Some days you may feel the urge to write in the form of a diary or journal. Or perhaps you prefer to write random bits of poetry. Maybe you love to tell stories when you write. You can write poetry one day and journal the next, or dedicate yourself solely to one type of writing.  Nonetheless you may experience times when you want to express yourself creatively but you lack inspiration and are unable to write the way you want to. In times like these there are tricks to get the creative juices flowing. Making collages from pictures and phrases cut out from magazines often awakens the artistic urge. Reading poetry and highlighting words and imagery that inspire you has a similar effect. As well, neuroscience research shows that exercise or any type of vigorous physical activity boosts creativity. Keep a pen and paper nearby while exercising so that you can jot down any interesting ideas before you forget them.

Don’t believe you need to be a star writer or creative genius to begin writing down your thoughts and experiences. Writing is a form of medicine for the soul because of its ability to open up the individual to new ways of understanding herself and the world around her. Even if no one ever sees your writing you benefit from the psychological well-being that writing promotes. Give in to your creative urge!

Occupy Wall Street

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You’ve probably heard about on the newspaper, in blogs or on TV. Occupy Wall Street is a movement fighting against inequalities and I’m proud to have been a part of the local occupy movement in my hometown. Occupy Wall Street is a national movement that has been going on since September 2011. According to www.OccupyWallSt.org, Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District.”  The movement has “spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movementaims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.”

The fight is to stop huge corporations from the mistreatment and inequality in the work place, animal cruelty, over exaggerated student loan debt, the use of military and police force to prevent freedom of the press or of assembly, the power to charge us to hold money we EARNED, the drastic disappearance of benefits. The list goes on my friends, but you get the point.

This issue (as we all know) has been a problem since Thomas Edison decided to light up banks with light bulbs. I’m sure if he knew what their intentions were, he would have kept his secret on the down low.  The madness has taken over cities all over the U.S., as well as at the national level. This has triggered people to go out in the streets to demonstrate their frustration.

The issue has also hit my hometown.  In El Paso, Texas we have been demonstrating and occupying San Jacinto Plaza for about 2 months now. Being that the Plaza is the heart of El Paso, but most importantly we have three huge corporations right across the street – Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Chase. Our team of local activists have been camping out all this time! Our group has persisted disregarding the drastic cold weather we have had throughout the days. We have also had activist from Australia, New York and Chicago come to our occupation.

The community has helped by donating food and necessities every so often. Besides the purpose or the anger we have within, this is an amazing turn out for El Paso. Nothing beats the unity we have gained throughout these months. Yet, there is still a lack of support from our “so called” revolutionary generation. It has been very difficult to get our people there to support this cause. It is only a few who have been keeping the momentum.

This is an awakening to my city, to our city. We are all in this together. We should help each other out! Support one another! It is movements like this that make me feel the warmth of my city. It is the stupid mistakes that the government makes that unify us!

Now the question is.. Is success and comfort blinding us? I mean, we are aware what world we are living in right? How could one not stop and think about all those who are going through hard times? Or as long as we are “okay,” then nothing matters right? How could people preach for PEACE and wear their little cool peace shirts and bracelets, but don’t even bother actually giving that word life? I hear it again and again how horrible this world is.  My question to you is – what are YOU doing about it?

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