Depression. I don’t like the word much even though I know this is me… a lot of the time! WRITERS and DEPRESSION may or may not be a cliche, but it is true for a lot of writers and other artistic people. I see it almost as a ‘rite of passage’.
Feeling ‘blue’ could be necessary in order to create and ‘feel’ at a much deeper level. Maybe without it you would not be as artistic, original or even funny. Who knows! What I do know though is, without a creative outlet, there would be nothing… Great post.
Depression and writing is a topic I’ve been sort-of simultaneously hesitant and motivated to discuss. My friends and family are affected by depression, and its something I come into contact with through work more often than not. And I think the topic is something most if not all people have some familiarity with one way or another.
It’s also a common thread and discussion point online, people asking about the relationships between writing and depression (and anxiety) how to write on despite the black dog, questioning whether anti-depressants will curb creativity and so on. The hesitation I mentioned above stems from wanting to discuss, but also being a little uncertain about whether I can address anything on such a complex and nuanced topic.
Well, here we go. Please note that nothing here is intended as professional advice, it is intended to be legitimate and helpful, however a blog post simply…
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