WRITING TIP: Change the story, change the world

freewritingBecause writers construct narratives, at one level, we know better than anyone that reality is invented and held together by believed-in stories that compel us to live within their rules. And yet, stories are by nature constructions that can be changed, however inevitable they might seem. This is important to remember at a time of seemingly impossible collective problems, because our ability to respond creatively depends on the stories we hold about how life and the world works. Change our stories and new possibilities arise. As writers, it is our job to poke holes in the narratives that create despair, fear and rage, and invent new plot twists that open the human spirit to courage and creative action.