Absolutely. Conflict is an essential part of drama so if you can translate internal conflicts to paper in some way, it's more likely to resonate. That's the hope, anyway. You never know.
Most definitely. For me it's an outlet, a means to pour out the turmoil or emotion I tend to keep locked away inside. During darker times I certainly used writing as a means of cleansing my soul if that makes sense. It was cathartic being able to spill my words out across a page and whilst it didn't solve my internal conflicts it gave me a release. On reflection, some of my best work is that which I penned during times of deep distress or sadness. "Smashed to Smitherines" is a perfect example of this.
Absolutely! And I believe that internal conflicts are a creative force for many different types of artistry! Some of us choose to use it as such, and some of us choose to stew in it!
Some of my poetry is a form of personal therapy. Often after I write I experience a bit of an emotional catharsis...and I hope my words do the same for others who experience similar positive or negative experience in their own lives. Literature should have a "learning" element.
YES!!! It's a release of everything that I want and everything that I need sometimes.
Internal conflicts are definitely a great help when writing and forming your characters and their lives. As for therapy, I'm not sure. Writing makes me happy, so in a way, I suppose it is a therapy. But then, anything we do with pleasure could be named therapy.
yeah, writing is such a personal therapy for me ..
Jade Sperry (jadedphotography.me)
LOL yes I consider writing a form of therapy. I think that creativity also can be a huge block in writing anything, even songs. I am driven to write because I have the time, patience and love for it. I also find that I can relate to a lot of musicians because of that creative force.
Yes. To be honest, I had no idea why I wrote when I first started writing. But now that I think about it, I wrote this book series because I felt alone. Don't get me wrong. It's not like I'm a lonely dying old hag with no friends and no life. And for that matter, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that too. I have a nice family, a bunch of cool friends to hang out with, a boring job with a comfortable income. I love to wine and dine. I travel every now and then to chase new experiences. And I am not mad.
And for god's sake, it's not because I am in my late 30s and I don't have kids.
Writing this book helps me reaffirm that I am not alone because many people, or middlings for that matter, feel this way at times. Readers have told me that they can totally relate to the characters one way or another. So I am not alone in feeling alone. And I like to think that it's actually perfectly ok to feel this way - living in the city, feeling lost, alone and closer to death.
So for you alone people out there, don't kill yourself before reading my book.
I think all writing is partially therapeutic. Internal conflicts definitely create energy that can be channelled into creative power.
Oh yeah, my thoughts are put into a new world, a world of action. Sometimes It's good that my brain holds onto them, but when this new radical thought comes to me I have to write it down a lot of the time, to capture it in that exact wording.
Like I've mentioned before, my spirituality and religion has played a large role in my writing, there's always some conflict that goes on between my spirituality and the everyday mechanized world. Also when Iam frustrated in life I write, this takes me to Heaven in a handbag, Iam enlivened and poetry pours out white language from the places we can't reach
In fact, I have been writing about and using poetry therapy. I have been working as a psycholgist for twenty years.
I am GP in the day job - a family doctor. So writing takes me away from that into a different world or worlds. I guess we all think that it is a possible escape too. That is we ever "made it" we would give up the day job but I am a realist and think it is more the case of feeling I have achieved something.
Of course. Although it can create some . . .
Holy cow, yes!
Writing helps get all kinds of personal demons out, let the pen, or keys do the work for you.
In a way, yes. I'm not a very tortured soul, which could be why I tend to write happier stories. I actually have difficulty writing if I'm stressed, which seems opposite of many writers.