It’s Therapy

“Can you picture yourself ever stopping writing (creatively)… and thinking, “Nah, I’m tired of writing. Maybe I’ll do something else.”?

I’d like to say no but the truth is that I have done this. I didn’t stop voluntarily but I did stop writing creatively. Its been more than five years now since I have completed a novel. I have had many starts. I still daydream novels when I am busy doing other things but I just couldn’t seem to get the words needed down on paper/screen. I missed writing! I missed being able to weave a tale and share it with others. I’m back to writing again. It started out with ghostwriting for a couple of different bloggers then that got everything flowing again which spilled over into writing for myself once more. I am loving it! I enjoy seeing the story unfold.

Would I ever choose to stop writing creatively? I’m not sure I would walk away from writing. I might walk away from publishing but writing for me is more than telling stories. It is therapy. It is where I can get all of my worries and fears down on paper. I can write all my hopes and dreams. Long before I ever published anything I would often sit up at night and work through my own problems by writing. Characters would come alive on the page (at the time I wrote in notebooks and often by a dim bedside lamp). These characters would often have problems similar to what I was going through. Their problems were always bigger and far more exaggerated than what I was going through but they had the same undertones. With helping them go deal with their problems and conquering their fears I would often be able to work through my own difficulties. This has been true for me for much of my life. When I was first diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, and panic disorder when I was 15 writing was how I expressed myself when I couldn’t find the right words to say. Often I would write a poem or story and then hand it over to my mom. It was a way for me to communicate what I couldn’t say and it helped me a great deal.

While I might someday, down the road decide to not pursue publishing any of my works, I do not think I would just walk away from writing.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to It’s Therapy

  1. I think that all of us here have had to put things on the back-burner, as it were, for many reasons. But stop? I don’t think that we could. One person who got me to start and believe that I could actually finish an entire novel just stopped writing. I don’t understand that at all.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    You’ve certainly been on a hard road, Angie… and I can totally understand how that can curb one’s creative output. It doesn’t necessarily dampen the desire to write, but can truly undercut the ability and environment.
    I hope you will find a new creative plateau in the future… where those other things level off for a change.

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    You just keep on writing. It doesn’t matter if you do it to be published or not. It’s great therapy when things aren’t going well. I know this from first hand experience.

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Yesterday, my good friend recommended that I start journaling about the challenges I’m facing, not only to help me work through my own thoughts, but because later on I can channel those frustrations into my characters’ feelings. I thought it was an excellent suggestion, and I’m working on it. I’d prefer an online journal, simply because I struggle keeping track of things and I’d probably start two or three disjointed journals and then lose them all. Anyway, I’m thinking this would be a way I could keep writing, even if it’s not part of a fiction work – yet.


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