Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Writing makes it all better (IWSG)


I think I’m a magnet for all kinds of negativity. No matter how positive I try to be, bad things still happen. I think that’s just life. One can’t have things your own way all the time. But, one thing I have noticed is that writing is always there for me. When it feels like my heart is being ripped apart, I can channel it into my writing. Writing is my safe place. It is my home. Even if I write one word for the whole day, which is what I’ve been doing the past few weeks, I feel better for writing that one word instead of not writing at all.

Yes, I suffer from depression. Yes, I’m a pessimist. But writing balances me out. Writing makes everything better even when I think my writing is a form of torture sometimes. Writing enriches my life. I can’t imagine not writing.

How about you?

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  1. I love that writing's there for you like that. And even though I spend more time freaking out about it than not freaking out about it, writing is my home, too. I can't imagine not writing either.

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    1. Agreed:) I think my life would be boring without writing.

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  2. Sometimes, when things get bad, I scribble and scrawl those negative thoughts and feelings across the pages of a notebook. Sometimes, I create a character, a scene, a story using that darkness, that sadness. I usually feel somewhat better when I'm done. Writing is a safe place for me, too.

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    1. I like how you channel the sadness. It does help, though.

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  3. Great attitude! Just funnel it all into your writing.
    Playing my guitar balances me out even more than writing.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I tried the guitar a few years back, but my fingers wouldn't cooperate.

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  4. Right on sister! We must follow our heart and turn those blue days into sunshine!

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  5. I feel exactly the same way. Writing has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined.

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    1. It's a great feeling, right? I hope it keeps changing your life for the better.

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  6. Writing is the best therapy. I hope you become a magnet for good soon.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I hope so too.

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  7. I've suffered from depression, and writing really saved me too. As long as we keep writing we'll be okay. Hug!

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  8. I feel exactly the same way :). I can't ever imagine not writing - it's in my blood. And I do find it therapeutic to sit down and write if I'm having a bad day - it's gives me the time I need to calm down and distract myself.

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  9. Hi Murees - that's good to see ... taking the negative and turning it into a positive ... as Mary Pax said .. it's not fighting against yourself, it's working with yourself ... good luck .. cheers Hilary

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  10. What a beautiful post! I'm so glad to hear that you're pro-active in finding things that make you feel better. That's so important to be self-aware and realize you're your own best doctor. I wish you lots of enjoyable writing to chase the depression away. :)

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  11. I'm not by nature a pessimist, but there are definitely those days. Writing in a journal has always been a powerful outlet for me in that regard, and a way to practice focusing on the good in life. Honestly. I made it a focus for several years and it does wonders. Of course, it takes time and persistence to change our outlook on life, but the new "normal" does eventually stick.

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    1. I have worked so hard to lighten up my attitude. I should keep my new attitude instead of letting the depression take over.

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  12. Yes, and I love how writing isn't one of those activities that you need a lot of materials for. It's easy to pick up a pen or sit down at a keyboard.

    Keep on funneling!

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  13. It's wonderful that writing cheers your spirits no matter what else is happening. Isn't it good all the days aren't depressing ones. :)

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  14. I love this! Writing definitely enriches my life, too. :)

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  15. I wish I would learn to channel better, because writing is important to me. I had someone I admire and put a lot worth in their opinion make me feel like crap about my writing. Someone who I thought an imaginative and witty writer, but unpublished due to their own angst. I shut down writing for awhile and it has taken at least 5 yrs to get back to where I am, but I write best when I am happy and feeling good. Was not always the case. Anyway so glad you learned how to channel the negative. Now I need to learn that better,

    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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    1. I'm so sorry someone made you feel that bad. It tend to take things far too personally. But I had to learn to let certain things go. Best of luck with your writing.

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  16. Writing is there for me. It's therapeutic.

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    1. Absolutely. Writing is like a good friend.

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  17. Writing does the same thing for me,Murees. It helps me make sense of my life and my world. So glad you have this as an outlet as well.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I definitely need the help.

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  18. It's wonderful that you've found something (writing) that helps with the depression. Walking helps me. I'm sorry for what you've been going through.

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    1. Helping does help me too, but lately I haven't had the will or desire to go walking. Thank you for the kind words.

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  19. I think it's brilliant you have writing in your life for those reasons. I love how you phrase that writing balances you out. For me, writing is as important as breathing - simple as.

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    1. I think you put it perfectly, "important as breathing." I might just go crazy without it:) Thank you for the nice words.

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  20. i agree with u friend on writing..writing is a passion its the all in all..strong lines keep writing murees dupe god love u:))

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    1. You are very kind, Adhi. Wishing you many blessings.

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