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3 Positive Effects of Writing Fiction

Good morning wondrous writers and wandering world builders, I hope you’ve all had a great week.

I had a very different blog post in the plans for this week, but I’ve had to change it. I always promised that this blog would offer advice and insight, while staying true and relevant to the current stage of my writing journey.

I mentioned in last week’s post that I had an exhausting week due to starting a new job, a long commute away. This week was similar. I found Monday and Tuesday extremely hard, especially as I’d not done any writing since I started. But when Thursday rolled round, I had to step up to the writing plate. It was the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and I was determined. Well, guess what? I’m sure you’ll guess it! The moment I started fitting writing into my day, my mood, my mental state and my week in general, improved hugely.
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And so today, I am sharing a simple, easy blog post, about the positive effects writing fiction has on us all. This is partly because it’s relevant, partly because it’s important, and partly because I’m too exhausted to focus on much else right now! Enjoy:

1. Writing fiction is a release
My first thought on how writing improves mood, is that it is a release. When you’re feeling a negative emotion, be it anger, fear, sadness or resentment, you can channel that through writing. By writing about imaginary people you can incorporate your emotions to help make better sense of them, while also having an outburst that doesn’t upset or hurt the real people in your day to day life. One simple example, is I tend to name rude/arrogant/evil characters after people who have angered or upset me. It makes me feel better, without feeling the need to anger/upset that person in return.

2. Writing fiction is an escape
This is what I love most about writing. It is so immersive. Diving into a world you built, spending time with characters you created, and bending the goings on of the story to suit you, is such an escape from the real world. You can take yourself out of a negative headspace, and escape into a hobby that brings you joy, happiness, strength and, as I will talk about next, a sense of achievement.

3. Writing fiction gives you a sense of achievement 
As writers, we often beat ourselves up if we haven’t written. At least, I know I do. And while I wholly encourage all writers to be kind to themselves, and not put themselves under that level of pressure, there’s no denying one simple fact: when you’ve written something, you feel an overwhelming sense of achievement. It’s the most amazing feeling to know you have written/edited a chapter of your novel, to know you’ve worked out a plot hole, or developed a new twist. That sense of achievement has a huge, positive effect on your mood and well-being, and is a great reason to try and pick up the pen, if only for five minutes, every single day.
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Do you feel the same way about writing? Does it improve how you feel day to day?
I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on this, so do comment below.

Until then,
Keep writing (and keep smiling!)

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38 thoughts on “3 Positive Effects of Writing Fiction”

  1. I can only agree and add a #4: It’s a good mental challenge. Probably not of the same type as mathematical puzzles but it still works to keep your mind sharp. And, for those writing in a second language, then it’s a good way to improve this as well.

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  2. Great post, Meelie, and so relatable! I also feel out of sorts when I don’t write and notice the improvement in myself when I do. Good luck with NaNo, and I hope you settle into a new rhythm balancing the new job and writing. We can only do as much as we can, and as long as you’re not stopping completely, you’ve got this!

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  3. You hit on all the marks. This magic path that we are following allows us to take on the challenges of everyday life.

    You have a long commute. A new job and all the other stuff to face every day. But your writing eases all of it. I can’t think of anything else that can do that.

    Hopefully things ease up a bit. Does your commute involve driving or traveling by train?

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    1. Thanks Bryan! ❤ Unfortunatly by commute includes walking and two buses, and I get quite sick reading/writing on the bus if I do it for too long. I far prefer trains but not currently an option – maybe one day! 😀 x

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      1. I feel for you about getting sick in a car or train when you are doing something and not looking up. I am the same way. I get car sick if I am looking at my phone or reading in the first few minutes of doing it!

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  4. I love your post. It hit all the points. It differently keeps my mood up. Writing is a thoepy for me.
    I hope all goes well with your new job!

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  5. I’m sorry to hear that the past few days haven’t been fun. But I am glad that you found solace in writing! I went through a year that sucked, and I couldn’t find it in me to write, which made the year suck more. I wish I would have at least tried to pick up the pen because writing is my anchor, and I didn’t reach for it when I needed it most. Great post. 🙂 I hope things get better, and best of luck with NaNo!

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your bad time. Those times are the toughest, because they take you away from the things you love ❤ So glad you're back to writing now, and hopefully a lot happier! And thank you xx

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  6. Like others have said, writing is very much like therapy for me. I’ve been writing stories since elementary school. I did NaNoWriMo for three years – 2012, 2013, and 2014. I finally decided, felt comfortable with the commitment, to try again for 2018. I’m loving it. I’ve written almost 8,000 words so far. This story has been percolating for several years, and I’m so happy to see it flowing out of my brain and onto the page!

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  7. You’ve described the best things about writing, perfectly. I agree with all three, it’s so cathartic and good for the soul. I love how the rest of the day feels like an achievement when I’ve written and how in turn, the day seems incomplete when I don’t.

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  8. One hundred percent on the nose. One reason I write police fiction is it keeps my hand a little in the game. Despite never wanting to go back into police work, I have become a reserve officer in my community. it also keeps me up on what’s going on in the world of law enforcement (new techniques, and etc). It keeps my research skills up. You’d be surprised how much research goes into a cop novel, even if you lived it. And it’s a great place to work out personal demons, some of which I’ve wrestled with for years (and happy to say been vanquished).

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    1. Amazing to hear about your life and career, and how it influences you, William! I bet all that real life knowledge helps your stories to become really well shaped, and truthful! Also glad to hear you have managed to battle your demons and come through everything stronger and happier 🙂


      1. I recount a story in my first novel about a traffic accident that was rather bad. What happened is a car with two guys, two girls in it wasn’t hit by a semi-truck, but more like ran over. The entire story is true except I changed the names of the people involved, and that it was being told during a counseling session. It was heartbreaking to me, and for years I carried a lot of anger at the crowd that gathered to look that they didn’t do more. During the course of the writing, and the back and forth between Will (my stand-in for me) and his Pastor, all of sudden the characters took charge. Will is expressing the pain and hurt with the crowd, and his pastor asks him what they were supposed to do about it. They were without leadership, and nothing started happening until Will showed up and started moving things forward. During the course of the talk, Will realizes that not everyone just stood there. Local truck drivers stopped, got flares going, and began routing traffic down back roads, and away from the accident. Others helped in other ways. so his anger was misplaced. His Pastor also points out that he might be angry with himself, and asks Will what else he was supposed to do beyond what he did. He pointed out that he did everything he could, and probably not even a major trauma center could have saved them. lastly, he points out that was the night, Will became a true leader, and that without that night, he’d neve have been able to do the things he did later in life. Oddly, I found peace with that incident afterwards.

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      2. You are so fascinating to read, William, so I can only imagine what your novels are like. I’m so sorry you went through such awful times, and glad you’ve found some peace through writing. Do you have any published works?


  9. My first novel is right now on Amazon, It’s called “The Cross and the Badge”. The first novel is about 75% autobiographical. The second about 35% (Hopefully done soon. I was aiming for Christmas, but I don’t think that’s happening). Subsequent novels are maybe 5% true.

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