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Writing as a Form of Therapy

Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content-sharing websites. She's an author of 12 books and helps other authors publish theirs.


Writing can be a very useful and effective form of therapy when you are dealing with things in your life that are complex, hard to deal with, or are filled with pain and sorrow. No matter what you are going through at any given moment in time, writing it all down—whether in a journal or diary, in a blog, on a computer, or just on a piece of paper—can help you make sense of things. It can also help you cope and release all the emotion that is dying to come out. At times it can even help save your life.

Don't Just Write When Things Are Bad in Your Life...

You don't have to turn to writing only when something bad happens in your life. You can also write about the positive things, the things and the moments that fill your life with joy, excitement, wonder and love. You can write about things that take you to the highest highs, that make you feel like you are on top of the world. That is also a form of therapy. It will make you realize that not everything will always be negative and filled with pain and heartbreak. It will reinforce that with the bits of negative there will always be bits of positive. That is the way the world works. That is how things are kept in balance. You can't always have the negative and you can't always have the positive. There has to be a bit of both.

Writing Is a Snapshot of Your Life

Writing is a snapshot of your life. It is a way for you to capture the things that you go through at any given moment in time, both physically and emotionally. It is a look back at everything that you've been through, both the good and the bad. It is your journey through life. You don't have to be an excellent writer to sit down and write. You don't have to be the most talented person out there or be at the top of your game when it comes to writing. All you have to do is pick up a pen and paper or sit down at a computer and let the words flow out of you. You'll be surprised at what you will bring to life.

There Is Nothing to Fear. Just Write!

You shouldn't have to be afraid to pick up a pen and write. You don't have to worry about people judging you or your writing. For the time being the only person who will get to read what you write is you. Yes, you may end up judging yourself, may end up being your own worst critic, but don't worry about that. Just pick up a pen and let your heart and mind do the talking. Don't think about anything else but what your heart and mind are filled with. Let it all out. Release everything that needs to be released.

Only when you are done writing for the moment should you even consider judging your work. If you do it while you are writing then your writing will suffer. Everything that needs to come out won't come out. And everything needs to come out because one thing will lead to another. What you write will trigger something else in your heart and mind, in your memory, and a new chain of writing will emerge. It is a never-ending process. And it is not only therapeutic but it is also creative and inspiring. It may even result in a published book or a published piece of work in some publication or even simply on a website.

It doesn't matter which style or form of writing you write in. Just write! You can write poetry, lyrics, prose, whatever it may be. It doesn't matter so long as you pick up that pen and write.

Don't Let the Negative Feedback Get You Down!

If you choose to share that which you have written with others and happen to get negative feedback don't get discouraged. Don't let the negative feedback get you down! I know it is hurtful and may cause you to stop writing, as I've been down this road, but don't let it get to you. Brush it off! It is only the opinion of a few people. Just because they give you negative feedback doesn't mean that what you wrote sucks. Your work can in fact be brilliant but those people just fail to see that.

If you do get negative feedback try to turn it into a positive. See if there is anything in the feedback that can be useful for you in your writing journey. Try to see if there is anything that can help you improve or steer you in a better direction. Don't ever tell yourself This is the end! I am done! It is not worth it. Writing is a part of you and it will be with you till your dying day.

You may think that writing is not your thing. You may even think that you hate writing! But if you get into it your perceptions and assumptions will change, if not right away then with time.

There Is a Writer in Each and Every One of Us

There is a writer deep within each and every one us that is dying to come out of hiding. It is up to you to decide whether you want that writer to come out or to stay hidden within you for the rest of your life. It is really up to you.

The best thing to do is to let that writer out. It will open up so many doors for you—doors to your emotional healing, to your physical well-being, to your spiritual journey, to the expansion of your thoughts, to the creation of new ideas and new discoveries.

Writing can do so much, even when it seems like nothing can come out of it. Writing is and always will be a form of therapy, whether you realize it or not.

© 2012 Lena Kovadlo


raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on January 27, 2013:

therapists suggest to make a journal, great men from history wrote their ideas before becoming a fruition...i was relieved by depression because of my writing, yet it's temporary...

yes, i agree that writing should not serve as an escape but an inspiration and a springboard to share ones ideas...

great hub...

Lena Kovadlo (author) from Staten Island, NY on October 18, 2012:

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Thanks for your thoughts Gypsy Lee Rose. Well said!

Lena Kovadlo (author) from Staten Island, NY on October 18, 2012:

picklesandrufus - Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Everyone will benefit from writing even if just in a small way.

Lena Kovadlo (author) from Staten Island, NY on October 18, 2012:

It feels better to get things out on paper...or to sing them out too. Sometimes people stop writing when they are criticized and made to feel like they suck and will never get anywhere...

Lena Kovadlo (author) from Staten Island, NY on October 18, 2012:

Great thoughts Drax. Thanks for the feedback.

kathysdiary from Inside my World on August 28, 2012:

I like what you say about a writer being in everyone. Just because everything isn't perfect doesn't mean one should stop writing. I tend to have run-on sentences. Hard for the reader I'm working on it, but for the most part it just feels better to get it out. V-up & useful!

Susan Joyner-Stumpf on August 24, 2012:

Lena thank you for such an informative Article. I know I never want to give up....and that writer's block happens to us all and we can climb back on and write more. Thank you so much for your brilliant article.

des donnelly from Co Tyrone.... on August 20, 2012:

Great Hub... I think poetry is great in this regard since it allows one to both capture the moment and yet leave it behind..


rauffray from BC, Canada on August 19, 2012:

Great points, Lena. Thank you.

picklesandrufus from Virginia Beach, Va on August 19, 2012:

Not everyone is a great writer, but I don't know anyone who won't benefit from writing, even if just to get their thoughts out. Good job!

picklesandrufus from Virginia Beach, Va on August 19, 2012:

Really enjoyed reading your hub. I agree with you and think others writers will too!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 18, 2012:

Voted up and interesting. You're so right. Writing opens up a whole new world to most of us. I love being inspired and just letting the words flow out and take me where ever they want. Brings me peace and lessens the everyday stress. Thanks for sharing. Passing this on.

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