The Cathartic Effect of Writing

Whether you’re writing fiction, journaling or [yes, I will include drawing] a webcomic/comic/manga, there’s something to be said for the cathartic effect of releasing what’s on your mind onto a piece of paper.

In this day and age, it’s hard to be apart of the creative persuasion. Our professions are usually lonely without little support because what we’re doing isn’t a “practical use of time” or “your chances of making a living with that are slim-to-none.”

We spend our days [and nights] obsessing over our projects. If you’re like me, you sit at your day job, wishing you were at home making revisions on your current WIP. Except for when you do finally make it home, you realize you’re too exhausted to complete the extensive to-do list you made throughout your workday.

We deal with a lot negativity, but I say kick it in the teeth.

Remember how you felt as a kid? When you were giddy because you could share something you created with world [if at least, your mom’s refrigerator]? That child-like excitement is why we continue to chase our dreams rather than give up. As creative’s, we’re lucky enough to have held on to our imaginations.

So why do we let all these insecurities and negativity determine our progress? So again, I say kick it in the teeth.

When you’re tired and frustrated, hurt or angry, sit down and work on your project. All that raw emotion you’re feeling, put it into your writing/drawing. It doesn’t matter how horrible the draft is because that’s what revision is for.

Treat that WIP like a great friend and pour your heart out. Trust me, you’ll feel better and [added bonus] you’ll be that much closer to completing your project.

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