I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. ― Anne Frank.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete. — 1 John 1.1-4.
I spoke with a woman on the phone some time ago. She’s struggling with depression and finding it difficult to accomplish even the most basic tasks. She told me she had long wanted to write a book like I have, but the prospect of getting it done was overwhelming. She asked how I did it.
If you ask 100 writers about their process, you will get 150 answers. My one recommendation is that you let yourself fall in love with the act of writing. Some get bogged down in the lonely task of putting pen to paper or tapping fingers to keyboard only to hide your work under a bushel for fear it isn’t good enough. If you are going to write your story, and you are the only one who can write it, start by sending thoughtfully composed messages or letters to loved ones, friends, strangers. Writing can be a lonely journey. It helps if you pick up hitchhikers along the wa
I encourage everyone with writing aspirations to develop a blog. Go to WordPress.com and within a day you will have the makings of a launched journal for poems, stories, recipes, photos, whatever is in your heart that is crying out to be expressed.
Check mine out and tell me what you think:
A Way With Words: Writing for Well Being
Delight in Disorder Ministries
I find delight in writing. This delight multiplies as people read what I write. And when people respond to what I’ve written, even if it is a grammar check, I am over the moon.
Do you find writing therapeutic?
In what way do you practice this therapy?