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October 19, 2021

Writing the Impossible Story

There are times that we go through things in our lives that we want to forget as quickly as possible because of the pain we experienced. But that is the story that needs to be told to encourage someone else. The question is how do you write through the pain.

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You have heard the phrase, "everyone's life is a story to tell." This is true if you have lived any amount of years into adulthood. Many look at their life as a day by day struggle with little to remember, or that you want to remember. Even being a writer now for over 30 years, sometimes life seems to be lacking an impactful story line.

Looking the Impossible Story in the Eye

What is your impossible story? What is the time you lived in great emotional pain? Did you have a loss that was unsustainable? 

The joy, we love to write about. We cannot wait to relive abundance and copious times in our life because we want to remember and we want others to know.  But the pain, the heartache and the loss, we are often embarrassed about or think that others will look on us as "cry-babies."

An important point to remember is that the impossible story has a beginning but it also as an ending which is what yields the joy, the peace or the calm after the storm. It is that point that you want to take your readers to so they see the entire full perspective, not just the pain.

Considering The Point of View

Sometimes we need to take an outside point of view. We do this by visualizing the audience or the reader. The reader who is in pain and thinking that their life is over may need your story to get through the next 24 hours of their life. What that does is bring the story from your soul to your pen for a reason. There is a purpose to writing the impossible story and it is for you and for your reader. 

You may still experience pain from that time in your life or that event but when you get it entirely written down, you will have a better more meaningful point of view.  So will your reader. The point of view is to show the reader the path from pain to peace; from loss to comfort and from the depths of depression to wide open spaces of possibilities. 

Directing the Time Lapse for the Impossible Story

When you sit down to write your impossible story, it will, no doubt, bring back memories of that day, that time, that event. This is good because it will bring life to the story but it can also cause you to get stuck in the pain and misery. For that reason, create a scaffolding for your story.  It is really an outline but writing an outline brings back memories of that laborious task we learned in high school.

The story scaffold, instead, has levels, compartments and priorities because of where it is on the scaffolding. The bottom of the scaffold has to be on solid, level and firm ground if the rest of the structure is strong enough to get us to the "top" of the story. Create the scaffold before you get into the writing, yes, before you get bogged down.

Writing Through the Pain

With your scaffolding beside you, pen and paper in front of you or a keyboard and monitor, put words on the paper. When you set out to write the impossible story, it does not matter where you start because you can also rearrange it later.  More important is getting those first sentences on the paper. You have your scaffolding on paper, so it is built. Now you can write the last part or the middle part of the story, just to get words written. 

What you may find is that the impossible story magically unfolds once you start. You may also find tears coursing down your face and that is ok, just keep on writing because those words will be the most powerful.

Do not worry about correct grammar or other mechanics of writing being just right. The most important thing now is to get your story written. You can go back and make corrections later. 

As you are writing, think about the person who may read your story as she realizes she's not the only person who is experiencing her pain, her loss or her despondency. 

Lastly, the impossible story is as much about the pain as it is about the peace on the other side.  The world needs your impossible story written to revive hope and courage in others.