I have always written when I’m upset and need to spew out all the poison that is festering inside me. Once it’s on the paper, I can let go (for the most part) of what is bothering me. Afterward I often re-read what was so important and shake my head. Mostly, it’s just silly things that irk me. I’m sure if I hadn’t written them down, however, I would have gone crazy.
I have been reading many posts lately and there seems to be a common theme: writing for sanity.
“I enrolled in Writing 101 because I felt I was going to lose sight of the only solid ground I found; one of the only ways I could keep sane. My writing.”
“Why I Write. I write because it keeps me sane.”
Some of our greatest writers suffered from depression and other mental illnesses. Many artists suffered from paranoia, anxiety and mania. Poetry is full of angst and longing. I’m quite sure there is a link between sanity and artistic expression.
When I lost my daughter, Justine, in a car accident last year I immediately began writing. I wrote an entire book. I’m still writing about this life altering experience. Why? It keeps me sane!
Does writing help you stay sane?