Writing through Depression

Inspirational, Mental Health, Writing
For the last two weeks I've been struggling through a bout of depression, and it's no secret that this is a common affliction for writers. Many of the most famous writers have struggled with and written about depression, and some of the most famous, such as Hemingway, have killed themselves. Others use writing as an escape, and it saves them from their depression--this seems to be the category most of the writers I've met fall into. No matter which camp you fall into, it can be difficult to write when you're depressed. Some days it's difficult to do anything, but you have to push through it. Nine times out of ten, pushing through and writing will make you feel better. Over the years I've suffered several bouts of depression, and…
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Journalling, Writing
As writers we are told everywhere, in books and all over the web, that to succeed we must write every day. This is true to a point. Being a fiction writer primarily, I am letting go of the idea that I need to work on one of my novels every day. Going to school and having lots of friends-with a bigger social circle than most other writers I know-means that I don't have time to write every day. It's very easy when you miss a day or two-or a week-to bring yourself down, to feel guilty about not writing. All the time we hear that serious writers work at their craft every day, that they apply butt to chair and work until their fingers hurt. Certainly full time writers should…
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