The Best Advice I Ever Got…

came from the book, The Right to Write by Julia Cameron. In her book, she said, “Put the drama on the page…” or something along those lines. No matter how it was phrased, it works. She was referring to channeling your emotional energy into writing and not letting everyday drama bog you down. When I read this, I thought, “Wow, that makes sense!” Why hadn’t I thought of that before? Well, probably because I’ve been hip-deep in drama my entire life and it never occurred to me that I didn’t have to be until recently. All this time, I had loads of material just waiting to become a bestselling novel. Well…maybe just a widely read short story…or…poem…ok, a haiku???

In any case, I’ve struggled with various issues over the years; some of them not so pretty. But once they were written down, they didn’t seem so daunting and I was able to get through them. Not exactly journalling, just processing what is going on around me through the written word has been an invaluable tool for coping with day to day stress and anxiety. For example, when I miscarried last year for the fifth time, I wrote an article called, “Empty.” This article was meant to be a way of processing my pain and helping me to understand my feelings. It did just that and as an added bonus, it ended up being published by Alive Magazine earlier this year. It’s coming up on a year since the loss and truthfully, I feel that the article gave me a sense of closure on the matter and it isn’t as painful to discuss or even think about as it was before I wrote about it.

Some things have been bogging me down lately and I have a suspicion that this is because I haven’t taken enough time to write down my feelings about what has been going on in my life. When I write, I somehow transfer all of that emotional energy onto the page and it doesn’t seem so overwhelming as it did floating around in my head. I can always tell when I haven’t been writing enough, too, because I feel edgy and disconnected from myself.

For those of you who write, does your writing help you to cope with the stress in your life? Do you find it therapeutic beyond the sense of accomplishment you get from simply getting your ideas out? Or is it just me? 🙂

I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel better just having written this post.

Until next time…

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