Just Kill ‘Em


A friend of mine writes murder mysteries. She has found a positive way to channel negative energy connected to a particular person: she turns the person she is angry with into a character in a book. Then she kills them. End of story. End of her frustration.

I found that tactic hilarious. I didn’t think it would work for me. Then, I had a fight.

After I had strong words with a person, I felt badly. My head ached, and I was sick to my stomach. I realized I needed to change my response to this negative stimulation. I pulled out my laptop and began working on a story as a way to get my mind off things. The adrenaline increase from the argument was rerouted to my creative brain. Before I knew it, that re-channeled energy helped me produce 1,000 new written words.

I liked the outcome of that choice. My body appreciated my turning away from the gut-churning negative emotions to the zen-inducing creative thoughts. I am certain my blood pressure dropped several points while writing.

So there you have it. Redirect your anger or angst. Get writing. Lower your blood pressure. And, if need be, kill the bugger!

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5 responses »

  1. I do that too. 😉 I also listen to “angry” music, which isn’t for everyone. My personal favorite is Rage Against The Machine – usually in my car, usually very loud, and definitely with me screaming along. It must be working, ’cause I’ve never actually killed anyone.

  2. Reblogged this on 2013yearbookblog and commented:
    Turning your negative energy into writing about what is eating you…
    That’s fantastic!!! People should really try it…What is there to lose?
    It could actually kill time and ANGER!!!!!!!!

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