7 Reasons Writing Is Good Therapy

Updated on July 30, 2017
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I grew up in a small town called Whitesburg, Georgia. As a poor Woodard girl, I had to make my own living and opportunities.

Dream Big

Writing Is Thoughts On Paper

At first, all you see is a blank page. Minutes later, you’re scribbling away like your thoughts are chasing you. At times, you only planned on doing a half page write up. But after some minutes, you’re already written two pages. And you’re not even halfway there.

You love listening to your thoughts. Thinking comes naturally. Sometimes we try as much as possible to avoid it; embrace it. “Why do you think so much?” The truth is, there is no answer to that because you just do it!

You are not in grade school, and nobody is going to grade you on it. However, it’s essential that the few minutes you designate honored by family, friends, housemates and pets. Get out of the house if you need to and write at a café or the library.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

— Benjamin Franklin

Writing Is A Relationship You Have With Your Soul

To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. Focusing solely on yourself. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.

Every relationship goes through high and lows, good times and bad. If you’re not mindful, you can lose heart, lose hope, and lose faith in yourself. Explore your feelings; Putting it all on paper will help you do that.

A lot of misery may pour onto the page, and that’s good. You have to clear away the hurt first (resentments, fears, frustrations) before you can find the healing.

The beauty is to help you grow as a person, help you recognize patterns in your life, and help you gain perspective and control over your environment.

Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift. It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone.

— Amy Tan

A Diary Is Personal

Take Notes – A Journal or A Diary

What do you do when you’re struggling? Share your feelings with your journal or diary. Give yourself sound advice, honor yourself, your thoughts and your feelings by chatting with yourself on paper.

However, always come back to your journal. Feel the need to put words on paper like you need oxygen. Both are necessary for survival. We must use our minds, body, and spirits to succeed.

For successful writing, love conquers all. Make it an affair to remember. Your journal is a safe place for you to explore whatever is on your mind without worrying about how it will affect anyone else. You write about your ups and downs.

There are 30,000 days in your life. When I was 24, I realized I'm almost 9,000 days down. There are no warm-ups, no practice rounds, no reset buttons. Your biggest risk isn't failing, it's getting too comfortable. Every day, we're writing a few more words of a story. I wanted my story to be an adventure and that's made all the difference.

— Drew Houston

The Struggles of Writting

Writing becomes a struggle more often than not. In all its forms makes the process a whole lot harder.

  • The idea of putting yourself through the torture of writing
  • Putting words on paper is no longer appealing
  • Dealing with the negativity and doubt
  • Reality as you see it hits you in the face

Refuse to let it beat you.You are allowed to feel awkward and self-conscious.

What can you do? You take the good with the bad. Treating the times of struggle as a test of commitment, helping you get through it. Writing takes both patience and commitment, don’t let the hard times stop you!

You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.

— Octavia Butler

Writing Is a Love - Hate Relationship.

Therapeutic journaling can both break your heart, but save your soul? It feels good to write but stinks at the same time.

  • Being in your little world can be lonesome.
  • Your words can elevate your spirit and pursue dreams.
  • Stringing words together in ways that both delight and scare you.
  • To take care of your mental state, you must first feel like crap.

All you have to do is muster the courage to write and step up your game. There is a story within your story.

Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.

— Meg Rosoff

Writing is Creative and Artistic

Writing is a gift and should be enjoyable. Keep a spirit of play, and infuse some pages with a little humor. Adding art, creativity keeps the process fresh and inviting. feel free to detail your experiences.

Follow your instincts and you’ll be on your way to a dedicated journalist in no time!

Whether you're keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it's the same thing. What's important is you're having a relationship with your mind.

— Natalie Goldberg

Albert Einstein - Self Educated

Material For Other Ideas

  • When you write, you realize that the fascinating thing is not knowing what will happen, and discovering an unexpected result.
  • Pair things together to see how they play off each other is easy to do and very satisfying to see a story transform.
  • Anything you come across in daily life is an ideal for a story

We live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups. I ask, in my writing, 'What is real?' Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people; using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms.

— Philip K. Dick

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        Tiffany Meadows Roberts 11 months ago

        well written

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        John Johnson 15 months ago

        As a social worker, I agree with every word in you article. I appreciate your efforts.

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        Ann Myer 15 months ago

        I've never been one do do much writing but I do read a lot. Your article expired me. I went out and bout a notebook just for my journal. Ive written in it three days now and already almost eight pages. Thanks

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        bkwriter 16 months ago from Beaverton Oregon

        Thank you for the article Rosa Ann. I agree that writing by hand can be very therapeutic, can lead to finding some idea of truth that you only realize while working your thoughts out, and that looking back on past writings can be interesting at least. Perhaps some would have less anxiety or other similar issues if they were to write down their ideas, if they felt no one else was there to listen (or wanted the ideas and thoughts to stay private). Sometimes the only way to get at a certain truth about our lives is to "listen" to ourselves as we work out issues through writing.

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