Chris Cade has launched his Inscribe Your Life Program where he teaches how people can easily and in a fun way improve their lives using stories. Now, when people talk and read so much about the law of attraction, something like stories and story writing might seem new and also strange. How can you change your life with just stories? - you might ask. I would answer that's an easy and natural way. Keep on reading.

Humans shape their reality in the context of stories and narratives. We interpret all the people around us as characters, and serialize events in a logical frame work, attributing actions and intents to give our world a framework. In that framework, we're either the hero, victim or bystander. We use those stories to teach and inform, and to give our own interpretation of events, and we build our experiences in this framework. We also use stories to gain perspective on events that we might not otherwise have. This allows writing personal stories as a tool for personal growth, and you can learn a lot by asking the same questions of the characters you see every day that an author would demand of a piece of fiction.

In fiction, as in the real world, people are rarely all good or all evil. Good characters have their flaws and temptations they fight to avoid; evil characters are usually doing what they perceive to be the right thing to do given their circumstances.

Plausible characters have these affinities and traits because they're grounded in realism; they all have their moral codes, and everyone's interpretation of what they'll consider right and wrong differs to some degree. Characters act according to those codes, and so long as they're consistent in their actions, they're plausible.

To write about a character, to show that character's perspective, the writer must empathize with the character to some degree. When using writing as a tool for self discovery, use this technique to write about things that trouble you, that disturb you. Try think about why these things happened. Striving to portray the people you encounter as characters in fiction will give you the excuse you need to see things from their perspective, to build empathy and rapport. It may give you a new appreciation for what they've done, even if you disagree with it.

In fiction, characters come into conflict, either with other characters, internal conflict over their own beliefs, or with an external threat. Conflict is always driven by the things that characters fear, or which make them angry, it's never senseless. .

Because conflicts are driven by motives and aspirations, writing about them, and figuring out why people - characters - are doing what they're doing can be revelatory, and can help you gain perspective on things, or remove the sting of immediacy from painful memories.

That remove of writing is also a great way to use writing as a personal catharsis mechanism. If you wish something could have gone a different way, you can write it a different way and explore the options. This use of writing as a cathartic exploration vehicle is a great way to practice visualization and build favorable outcomes. It's a way to rehearse, say, asking your boss for a raise, or to talk to a loved one about a troubling issue.

Even if you never share your writing with another person, getting this down on paper (or on a computer screen) can help you increase your empathy and improve your perspective on things. Harnessing the power of the creative word, writing to help yourself, can boost your confidence and bring you personal growth and inner peace.
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