Good morning wondrous writers and wandering world builders, I hope you’ve all had a great week.
I had a very different blog post in the plans for this week, but I’ve had to change it. I always promised that this blog would offer advice and insight, while staying true and relevant to the current stage of my writing journey.
I mentioned in last week’s post that I had an exhausting week due to starting a new job, a long commute away. This week was similar. I found Monday and Tuesday extremely hard, especially as I’d not done any writing since I started. But when Thursday rolled round, I had to step up to the writing plate. It was the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and I was determined. Well, guess what? I’m sure you’ll guess it! The moment I started fitting writing into my day, my mood, my mental state and my week in general, improved hugely.
And so today, I am sharing a simple, easy blog post, about the positive effects writing fiction has on us all. This is partly because it’s relevant, partly because it’s important, and partly because I’m too exhausted to focus on much else right now! Enjoy:
1. Writing fiction is a release
My first thought on how writing improves mood, is that it is a release. When you’re feeling a negative emotion, be it anger, fear, sadness or resentment, you can channel that through writing. By writing about imaginary people you can incorporate your emotions to help make better sense of them, while also having an outburst that doesn’t upset or hurt the real people in your day to day life. One simple example, is I tend to name rude/arrogant/evil characters after people who have angered or upset me. It makes me feel better, without feeling the need to anger/upset that person in return.
2. Writing fiction is an escape
This is what I love most about writing. It is so immersive. Diving into a world you built, spending time with characters you created, and bending the goings on of the story to suit you, is such an escape from the real world. You can take yourself out of a negative headspace, and escape into a hobby that brings you joy, happiness, strength and, as I will talk about next, a sense of achievement.
3. Writing fiction gives you a sense of achievement
As writers, we often beat ourselves up if we haven’t written. At least, I know I do. And while I wholly encourage all writers to be kind to themselves, and not put themselves under that level of pressure, there’s no denying one simple fact: when you’ve written something, you feel an overwhelming sense of achievement. It’s the most amazing feeling to know you have written/edited a chapter of your novel, to know you’ve worked out a plot hole, or developed a new twist. That sense of achievement has a huge, positive effect on your mood and well-being, and is a great reason to try and pick up the pen, if only for five minutes, every single day.
Do you feel the same way about writing? Does it improve how you feel day to day?
I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on this, so do comment below.
Keep writing (and keep smiling!)