#IWSG The Healing Power of Writing

Happy October, writers! Time to support each other on this writing journey…join us here.

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IWSG Day Question: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

This is a timely question for me as I’ve been pondering why I haven’t felt as motivated to write lately. (Though I do plan to finish a short story soon.)

I’ve realized that I don’t feel the burning need to write right now because things in my career are pretty good. I went through some difficult times at work in 2007, and I unknowingly turned to writing to cope with feelings of insecurity and betrayal. The words poured out of me then. I made my ex-boss the villain of my first book, a murder mystery. (He he.)

Thank you, writing! You have helped me heal. I also feel grateful for second chances. After a six-year hiatus working elsewhere, I returned to my same position, and version 2.0 is much better. I’m less naive and more confident, and my career as a psychologist feels like a true calling.

Maybe I’ll immerse myself in a sea of words again, but for now I’m happy to bask in the sunshine onshore, knowing writing is always there to dive into when I need it.


7 thoughts on “#IWSG The Healing Power of Writing”

  1. I so agree with Alex. I have gone through many times when my career, family, grief, and caregiving have left me with no time to write. Glad you're enjoying your career. It is important and practical to have another job for most of us writers.

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  2. This is wonderful! I'm so glad your career is back where it should be. I realized while reading this that my experience is similar. I turned to writing after some very difficult and life-altering changes at work and it was a godsend. Now though I have been struggling to write more and more and it hit me that my job is good now and I'm happy and busy. Maybe I have to be miserable to write? LOL not really but it is interesting how much our state of mind and non-writing lives can have an impact.

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