Writing = therapy (or 5 reasons why writing is good for you)

I have always enjoyed writing—whether it’s stories, poems, scripts, silly notes to myself, or pages and pages of unnecessary commentary on my favourite television shows. There is something about putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) that soothes me. One of my goals is to journal more, but in an increasingly digital world, I can never find the time. Writing online in the form of digital diaries and blogs is a great way to keep up with journaling, but I much prefer looking at the clean-lined paper and messing it up with my chicken scrawl.

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The essential key for writing


The essential key for writing is to write regularly — like it or not — great ideas come often by writing; releasing the subconscious — waiting for inspiration and ideas will not work, but it does help to have a notebook with you all the time for sudden brainstorms or inspiration.

 Prof. Robert Marc Friedman, University of Oslo

I like this quote a lot, and it is true. I often come up with my ideas when I’m sitting down and working on older projects that I’m unsure about – and often the new idea turns out much better than what I was working on initially. I would love to carry a notebook around for sudden brainstorms, but I’d probably lose it. I’m thinking of physically attaching one to my person (it exists!). Our phones are walking notebooks, but unlike paper, it’s too easy to get distracted and never revisit ideas I store in my notes app.

Quote originally found here

It always seems impossible until it’s done

I was looking for something to post when I came across this quote and it made me stop and think. Every so often, I get anxious about not writing enough or writing fast enough (see my previous post and the lack of part two!). That, in turn, makes me think that I shouldn’t bother anyway.

Lack of motivation is a huge problem area for me. When I’m motivated, I’m motivated, but it comes in bursts. Part of the issue is that my to-do list is often a mile long. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and waste time instead of using what little time I have to achieve my goals.

So, the goal for right now was to update this blog. I don’t have any interesting facts or information to provide, but I thought I’d share my concerns here. It’s also that time of the year where so many people struggle and I’m right there with them.

If anyone else is feeling down now that we’re hurtling towards winter – you’re not alone. My go-to right now is picking up writing projects and slowly reconnecting with some TV shows I’ve enjoyed in the past. I’m laying off social media. Most importantly, I’ve stopped watching Manchester United highlights (if you know, you know). I’m trying not to think about life and let it get to me.

Hard emphasis on try which is all we can do. I’m going to be looking at wellness journals and seeing how helpful they are.

Who knows?

I might just write a post about it!