WRITING TIP: The power of a story to seed real change

freewritingMany of us feel powerless to recreate the world in alignment with what we most value, but our ability to dream up this new world is the first step in its creation. “By means of a story we’re able to imagine quite vividly a world unlike the one we live in now,” says writer Haruki Murakami. “In the face of the dark, violent and cynical reality in which we live, this might seem at times like a powerless and fleeting hope. But the power that each individual has to imagine is found precisely in this: in the quiet yet sustained effort to keep on singing, to keep on telling stories, without losing heart.” By doing as Murakami advises, we are seeding a new world in the hearts not just of ourselves, but of all who read our work.