Writing a book is therapy … and safer than drugs

7 Mar

Those days when you’re feeling lousy just might be the best times to go to the keyboard and write 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 or get in the car and drive across the country and never come back, 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 to fill.

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.
Remember, 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.


6 Responses to “Writing a book is therapy … and safer than drugs”

  1. slepsnor March 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Definitely sounds advice for getting over a bad mood. I tend to do poetry when I’m feeling down or angry, so it helps purge the negativity.

    • mreuther March 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Poetry will work. Go at it.

    • Popcorn March 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      I agree, sometimes anger is good thing. This is one of the poem I wrote when I was angrey. .feel myself falling into the Abyss,I haven’t panicked! My mind has already travelled sown this road before. Most of the thought that I used to have already adapted to a new way of thinking. Everyday a little to pieace of me that was blissful and happy is being replaced with hatred and contempt. The darkness is spreading; my innocence is the only thing that in its way. I’m afaid I won’t be psychologically strong enough to fight off the my anger from becoming hateful ideas. Normally I can understand the rage that surround me, but those days are now few and far between. Soon Popcorn will be dead and you with me. Maybe this fury is my self-absorbed ego trying to resurface. Perhaps this happy-go-lucky person everyone sees as isn’t the real me. I hope that not the case, because I like to smile, even id only for a little while

      • slepsnor March 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

        That’s a pretty heavy poem. Definitely screams angry with a touch of hope at the end.

  2. rbdavis5 March 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    I’m not sure it’s safer then drugs, the guy on the corner was trying to sell me some sketchy looking metaphors.

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