Meredith Gibraltar talks of how writing about her sorrow helped. But which way of writing helped the most? Cheers!
As you know my cat Echo has passed. It is a time of great sorrow for me. I wrote about it in two blogs, a wrote a poem and a wrote a similar scene in the book I am writing. Of all three the writing of a scene in a book was the most cathartic. Cathartic means providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions. Crying is cathartic. Well yesterday writing a scene in my next book was the most cathartic. It was as if I was reliving the anguish as I expressed it in a character in my book. When I write my book I often loose myself in the character. I was gripped by the sorrow and relived it as I wrote it down and had a sense of relief after I was done. But the large sense of relief only came after writing my book and only marginally when writing my blogs or my poem. It was interesting. I think it was because I wrote what the woman was saying, reliving my own sorrow in her words.
I have said it before. Write a book. Especially if you suffer from anxiety or depression. It can be just 20 pages. Or even longer. Or just start writing and see how long the book is. In mine a woman has a depression and just lost her cat. Another gripping scene was written this morning where she is overcome with fear because she is being followed (fiction) and because she lost her cat. It was all too much for her. Again I was wrapped up in the story and feeling her sorrow. Again it was cathartic.
Write my friends, write. And heal as you go one. Never stop fighting! 🙂
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