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Writing a book is good therapy … and it’s safer than drugs

March 7, 2013

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Those days when you’re feeling lousy are perfect for writing that book.

Now why in the name of Truman Capote would I say that?

Well, for one thing, it will get your mind off the fact that you’re feeling miserable. Besides, you need to be writing anyway – just about every day – if you’re serious, really serious about ever completing a book.

Think about it. If you can write on the days you’d rather stay in bed until past noon, you can certainly write on those other days, when you feel great and can’t wait to race those fingers across that keyboard. I know it’s worked for me.

A number of years ago, after I lost a job and went into a anxiety-ridden period, including panic attacks and the whole shebang, I began writing my first book. It never got published, but that’s another story, as they say. It was late November, the weather was lousy in Pennsylvania and wouldn’t get better for months, and as I mentioned, there was no work to go to. I suddenly had this time on my hands – a lot of it. For years, I’d dreamed of writing a book, and I figured what better time to begin.

I wrote every damn day in long-hand in a spiral notebook. I wanted to get my story down, and I did. The writing was wonderful therapy as it threw my mind off the troubling thoughts that were dancing around in my head most of the rest of the day, when I otherwise faced all this empty time.

So, if you don’t think now is a good time to write a book, if you figure there’s too many other things swirling about in your life for you to get yourself together enough to write, think again. It just might be the best time for you to begin a story.

Again, if you can write during the bad times, you can certainly write during the good times. There’s no way in hell you’re going to feel good every day anyway. Nobody feels as if they’re flying on air all the time. And guess what else? Writing through the bad times just might give you something to make you feel better every day.

Try it. You might like it. And it’s safer than drugs.

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5 Comments
  1. I really enjoyed reading your post! Thanks!
    Chris Mobley
    http://www.cmobleydesigns.com

  2. Sometimes I think you read my mind. I agree with everything you said in this post. I am a great believer in being creative especially during times of negativity (you know; the bottom of the barrel emotions). In fact I have been keeping a journal for probably 13 years to use during these times and it allows me to be perfectly honest with myself and that usually helps me understand alot of whats happening(makes it a whole lot easier to write honestly when you’ve been honest with yourself along the way).

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