with Dee Scully
From past blogs many of you know me, or rather my style of writing. I’ve been bitten by the power of positivity and I want to infect the world with it one blog post/romance at a time.
With that in mind, I recently came across an interesting contest hosted by the Positive Writer blog. Blogger Bryan Hutchinson is asking writers with blogs how has “writing positively influenced your life?” This got me thinking.
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Writing has been an amazingly positive influence in my life. It’s been a life-changer. I know it’s probably hard to imagine but I used to be a very shy, reclusive woman. (Yeah, I’m sure that probably surprises most of you—LOL—but it’s true.) I had a Walter Mitty type personality.
I never went anywhere or did anything because I was just too frightened to break out of my shell, but inside my head I had the most extraordinary life. I had adventures every day and I was the heroine in every one of them. I saved children from burning buildings, dodging falling beams and leaping gaping holes in third-storey floors, to carry them (there were always at least two-often twins) to the grateful arms of their mother. Then, of course, I braved the inferno again to save the family dog. As a plain-faced, quietly ingenious lab assistant I invented a vaccine to cure flesh-eating zombies, saving the world from an unthinkable apocalypse after the WHO (World Health Organisation) inadvertently infected the population with a faulty flu vac. Oprah Winfrey herself interviewed me about the influential novel I wrote about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She cried. I cried. The world cheered.
I helped people. I was important.
…I was living an imaginary life. While that was an okay existence to my otherwise lacklustre life, it was also a bit demoralising when I woke up from my daydreams.
Then my husband, of all people, encouraged me to write my daydreams down. “Write them. Get them out of your head. Share them,” he said. So, I did. Granted, it’s taken a lot to get those stories on paper and do them justice, but writing them down has been the impetus to actually living my dreams.
No longer am I Walter Mitty, stuck inside my head! I’m my own heroine in REAL life. I am living my adventure. Every day I write I am the heroine of my own story, of my life. Yeah, now I tend to live the same adventure over and over (somewhat ad nauseam—LOL) until I get to THE END, but wow! What a life to live—the adventure of being a writer who writes!
I may not yet be published, but I’m living my dream and I’m sometimes a heroine to others who may still be struggling to live their dreams. In so doing I help people. I’m important. I’m a writer.
Writing has positively influenced my life. How has it positively influenced yours? Even if you’re not a writer, how has the writing of others influenced you? (This last is an important question needing responses because I know I’m not the only writer who hopes to influence the world in positive ways. If a writer has positively impacted you, let us know. Let the world know! "Write them. Get them out of your head. Share them.")
I love to love...my husband; he inspires me to be all I can be!
I love to laugh...at myself; it's pretty easy to do (and sure beats crying)!
I love to learn...from my daydreams; in them I discover the greatness that I'm capable of.
Positive Writer blog master, Bryan Hutchinson, has compiled 50 articles on positivity into a book, The Audacity to be a Writer. If you need inspiration, buy a copy now.