Why Creative Writing is so Therapeutic for Me

Do you have any goals for your blog? I’m not sure if I do. While I dream of making income off my writing, I don’t have any solid plans to do so. And I must admit, I don’t have much of a mind for business.

I started this blog in 2016 with the simple goal of sharing things that interested me – my poetry, fiction, books I’ve read, etc. So far, I’ve stayed pretty close to my original intent. And that brings me to the purpose of this post: to discuss why creative writing is so therapeutic to me.

I’ve always been a writer and reader, from my earliest memories. By the time I was in high school, I began pursuing a career in journalism. This took me away from my creative writing habits, but it kept my love of words alive.

It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I got the creative writing itch again. I started writing stories and poems, taking writing workshops, and getting my writing published in various websites and magazines.

In 2016, I started Fiction & Ideas but didn’t do much with it initially. I was hesitant to share my poetry and fiction, thinking it had to go through several rounds of critiques before it was “okay to publish.”

This mindset changed during the spring of 2020 and when the pandemic first started. Suddenly, I had tons of time on my hands, and I was stuck at home. So, why not start sharing what I’d written? I’m glad that I did.

Like free therapy

As someone who lives with depression and bipolar disorder, I feel like a creative outlet keeps me going. It gives me purpose in life, and it keeps me centered. I no longer have grand dreams that I’ll be a famous writer one day (like I used to have in my twenties) or that I can even make a career out of it.

Instead, I write and share my writing because I love to do it. Often, I have many thoughts and ideas swimming around in my mind that I don’t know what to do with. Usually, they are weird philosophical thoughts, ideas for stories, or downright depressing thoughts. When I vent and put them on the page, it takes the steam and edges off these thoughts. It’s like free therapy.

Making sense of the world

Some of you may notice many of my poems can be dark and a bit depressing. Some of them are abstract, too. I’m honestly not sure what some of them even mean! The point is to put it down on the page (or screen), get it out of my head, and attempt to make sense of the world and my mind.

So far, it’s been working. And for that reason, I plan to keep writing and sharing until I can’t anymore. Some people may not like what I write, and that’s fine. But I’ve come to cherish the WordPress community and the opportunities to share these little pieces of me and interact with others and see the giant cauldron of creative genius on the many blogs.

Thanks for reading my rambles and, please, share a bit about why you write. Do you find it therapeutic like me? Do you have any writing goals? Do tell!

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16 responses to “Why Creative Writing is so Therapeutic for Me”

  1. I write for lots of reasons, mostly for the sake of it. I never expect anything back from it and never had the desire to “be famous” or anything. There can be healing from it for me, being able to sort my thoughts about something or using it as an outlet. I enjoy it most of the time so that’s a good thing too. ☺️ Thanks for sharing your writings with us.

  2. Wonderful that writing can be therapeutic for you. And I agree. Moving ideas from being just in your head to the form of story, poem, etc. can give a sense of lightening what’s on my mind. Having a blog is an easy way to share the results with others. I’ve enjoyed going through old work and posted them on my blog. Along with creating new stuff. My goal is to complete a 365-day project, then I’ll probably ease back with blogging.

  3. I envy people who find catharsis in writing, as I myself only see it as work, as much as I think it’s my passion. It’s the feeling of having written that does it for me, but I’d definitely love to know what it feels like to get therapy through writing. Anyway, thanks for this post!

  4. Thanks for sharing this, Nick. I think we all write for our own reasons and taming the demons within is a very valid one. Yes, it’s therapeutic and has gotten me through the toughest of times when I had very little self-worth.

  5. Writing as “free therapy….” I like that!
    I, too, am a writer and bipolar. Sometimes I find myself with all these incomplete random thoughts and no clue how to get them out. I’ve been struggling lately with my writing. It’s like…I sit down to write and come up with absolutely nothing. Or at least…nothing that seems good enough to be written down…(does that even make sense?)
    I’m rambling. I’m sorry. LOL

    I’m glad I came across your blog!

    • Thank you, Leigh! Yes, writing can be a very great thing if you have bipolar. A lot of times I write stuff and keep it to myself and don’t post it on the blog. That keeps some of the pressure off. Thanks for reading!

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