James Runcie is quoted saying in his J.K. Rowling documentary J.K. Rowling A year in the life “For most writers, the act of writing is a form of therapy. A way of making sense of the world and their place within it.”
I started thinking very deeply about this quote last night after watching his documentary, and it got me thinking.
What makes writers need to write? Is it for our mental health? Is it something that gives our lives structure? Is it the discipline of working?
Could it perhaps be a way of escaping the stresses of our everyday lives? Could it be possibly be a form of OCD?
Is it a way of making sense of the world, and our place within it?
In my opinion it could be all of the above; because if we really stop to think about it. It is an escape from the stresses of our everyday lives. It does give us structure. It gives us discipline. It is a very good very healthy mental release, and in some people’s eyes it could be a form of OCD.
Therapy/Mental Health/Stress of everyday life
I’ve always looked at writing as a form of therapy; heck right now it’s the only therapy I can afford. Being able to sitdown and write gives you a very healthy mental release especially from stress. In a way it’s almost like a form of yoga, but without the awkward stretching and sweating, and deep breathing.
As for making sense of the world and my place within it I’d say that I’m young and of course I’m still trying to figure it out. I don’t even think that we have it figured out 90% of the time; we just simply shrug and go with it hoping to figure something out along the way.
Well I don’t think that I could very long with writing something, and if I do I’m usually thinking “Gee I really need to write.” Be it my book, a song, or a blog post I always feel the need to write.
Writing is discipline in itself just the rules of writing alone keeps you on your toes. Not to mention everything that revolves around writing your story.
Life can certainly get messy and crazy when you write it seems like you can clear your head and prioritize things better than you might have done before.
That’s my opinion anyway, but what about you?
What’s your opinion?
Why do you think writers need to write?