Maybe writing is a pressure valve that allows me to exist sanely.
It works for many–and I just today recommended it to 4 different clients for various reasons.
Do you ever freely write? Or is it, through force of long habit, edited even as it flows?
Yes, I freely write quite a bit, at least that’s been the case in the past few months (I’ve written 27k words in my private journal since February 1st). When I write something like this essay, I know before I write it that it’s something I want to publish and I generally don’t start writing something that I’m going to publish unless the idea or point is so clear in my head that I can write it out and have it almost ready to go. I always go back and edit, but I rarely have to rewrite huge parts of the initial draft.
Writing definitely helps with my mental health
Definitely! I’ve been journaling in private a lot lately and it is quite refreshing, but I have noticed that at times it can be exhausting too, like I’m letting out too much of myself, too much of my creative juices. Sometimes I need to just sit back and let my thoughts percolate through my gray matter.
Can you be too creative? Let too much out? These are two very interesting questions to consider.
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