I did something the other day I had not done in years. I attended a book reading at a local bookstore, small and eclectic – in the heart of our quaint downtown. The event was called “An afternoon with Rod Haynes” local writer – and also a member of the church we attend. Rod is very interesting and has many fun stories he has penned. He has written three books and in his time with us he read aloud some sections of each.
But it was in my conversation with him before the event began that captured my attention and has given me many thoughtful moments ever since. He told me that he was not always able to make sense of things in the past that have happened – so he attempted to create a new fictitious ending to a very real story, to gain perspective and to give closure in either a positive or negative way. He gave a few examples in his time with us – his way of weaving true events with those that he would have liked to have happened.
Maybe you like me, have attempted to make sense of events in your life. Maybe you’ve even tried to wrap your mind around “your story” as told by you in a way that really did happen, but instead you end up frustrated and overwhelmed. It could be that the telling would expose those you don’t wish to name – or bring up bad or painful memories. Either way, I too have thought “one of these days – I will write a book” – but I don’t think it can happen in the “truest” form. Too much stuff – too “unfinished” – too – yeah you know.
I believe writers can sharpen other writers. And I believe they can inspire and encourage. Knowing that Rod has been able to ‘fictitiously’ make sense out of his circumstances and events – has made me curious about mine. And because anything can happen in our imagination this can also be a very healing tool. One thing is for sure – I would rewrite the already written. I would bring closure to a painful period. Something that has already happened in my dream world. In fact sometimes dreams can be so real that I actually have awakened up a few times thinking the “thing” was actually resolved.
My rewrite is probably different from yours. It definitely takes two people to resolve a conflict and begin healing. Maybe your rewrite would include a person who has already passed away, a parent, a lost child or friend. Maybe you would say – or have them say the things you have needed to say or hear. Or maybe still it’s a person (like mine) who is still living and breathing – but who does not want to resolve anything. Either way – the rewrite would bring that healing and final conclusion – you know – the one that would actually make sense - bring healing and set you free.
We all have a story to tell – and whether it’s just “I’m sorry” or in my case “All is forgiven, what took you so long to come around again?” It’s your story – and maybe you need to write it.
Here’s to – ‘Rewriting The Already Written’ – letting go of pain and replacing with things that finally make sense. Bringing good out of chaos and lessons learned. Bringing full resolution to your heart and soul.
- Rewriting Life (hellomysinis.wordpress.com)
- Must Read: 20 Essential Tips on Rewriting Your Story Until it Shines [Free Advice] (io9.com)
- Writers & Editors (justinelarbalestier.com)