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What Do You Do When You Feel a Rant Coming?

I’ve come across quite a few blogs where the owners tell us a story from a day in their life. Most of the time, it is about how miserable they are, how life sucks, how folks upset them.
I understand the need to vent, but something tells me that venting in public, and often, may just be detrimental– we’re sending out angst and negativity to the world in general– is that the sort of energy we would like to receive?

Yes, the ranters get sympathy, ‘get well soon’, and ‘feel better’, ‘hope it works out’ — and that helps soothe ruffled feathers. But for how long?

I myself have ranted, a rare once in a while, but nowadays, even when I feel like ranting, I tend to think twice.

What am I ranting about? Is there something I can do to mend the situation? If it is out of my control, will ranting help? Most of the times, I find that my rant dissipates if I give it time.I find I’d rather watch my aquarium fish instead.

Here’s a video of my old aquarium:

Reminds me I have to make videos of my new ones.

Long story short, that’s all it takes to distract the moneky-brain. Find something that soothes you and your rant need not appear in print at all.

What do you do when you feel a rant coming?

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • bronxboy55 says:

    Anger and frustration eventually turn into humor if you let them ferment long enough. That’s what I usually find, anyway.

  • I honestly rant, thereby proving the existence of souls apart from my ticking clock upon this rock called earth.

  • I very rarely rant on my blog, I guess, because I don’t really feel the need to, life’s too short en all that. I have a wobble every so often, so I use the Insecure Writers Support Group Day for that. That’s my one day a month for self pity lol 😉

    I do most of my ranting at my husband lol


  • Arlee Bird says:

    When I write I like to convey something positive since having it in words that might be scene now or later, I want to contribute to the betterment of the world. My rants in the written word tend to be pretty confined and often from a more esoteric internal place that is searching for answers. Believe me, I rant in conversation a fair bit of the time, but I’m trying to curb that as well. To be still and listen usually brings me to better solutions on the pathway to peace and enlightenment than does ranting about things.

  • I rant on occasion on my blog if it’s writing related. Most of the time, I write the post up and click save. Later I go back to it and reread and by then I tend to feel better so I end up deleting the post.

  • Painting and songwriting are great releases for me . Sometimes I throw them away, sometimes they see the light of day. It all depends on whether I can transmute the rant into something positive…

  • If I really feel the need to vent, I talk to my wife. Otherwise, I just jam extra hard on my guitar or spend a few minutes longer at the gym. And I’m days I’m really thinking, I take it to God.

  • saymber says:

    All I can say is “my poor husband” my rantkeeper

  • Huw Thomas says:

    Sometimes I have an internal rant (going through the conversation I feel like having in my imagination). I feel all self-justified and relieved for a while… and shortly after realise that it wasn’t actually all that important.
    Of course, if I was being truly creative, I’d take that negative energy and use it to construct a good dramatic scene for whatever I’m working on.
    Sitting on a mountain is also an excellent way to put things in perspective.

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