Sunday, 24 April 2016

Writing and Well-being

Recently, I have been writing a lot. Working on a 3000 words essay for my Creative Non Fiction subject, and just journalling random thoughts down. I may seem a bit quiet on the outside (it depends actually, on who I am with), but if you really want to know me, I guess you can read my writing (some of them are of course on this blog), then you will know a whole lot about me.

Writing is beyond just making a point, or trying to persuade the audience to agree with something you want to put forward. I think writing, essentially is quite therapeutic.

In my Creative Non Fiction class, many of my classmates write about deeply personal topics for their piece. I will not disclose any of the topics here due to confidentiality reasons, but what I will ask is: "Why do a class of 15 students want to write about deeply personal, emotional content, to be workshopped by a bunch of stranger classmates in the class?"

Tara DaPra's Writing Memoir and Writing for Therapy: An Inquiry on the Functions of Reflection tells us more about this. In this piece, she mentioned that research has shown writing about emotionally charged topics correlate with the writer's good health.

My experience was consistent with the research. Writing, for me, helps me release tension and stress, and sometimes, it gives me ideas for other writings. It acts as a catalyst for more flow and peace in life.

Currently, I am reading a memoir called "An Unquiet Mind" by Dr Kay Redfield Jamison, and "Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction" by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd. They are quite popular books in the market. Cool stuff.

That's all for you. If you like to write, try writing more and see if it improves your well-being.

I will catch you guys soon with my next post, hopefully in a few days. :)