My Writing

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

One of the greatest joys in my life is being a writer. This has not always been so--I used to hate writing and I almost flunked sophomore English in high school because I didn't turn in a term paper. But I had a wonderful teacher in grad school who helped me to deepen my writing. So, I had good content.

Then I went through a phase of liking the RESULTS of writing but not the process. I did a lot of writing and even got some publications in the traditional publishing world. Then I heard about a strange event--the Three Day Novel event. You were supposed to write a novel over Labor Day. I got intrigued and turned my house into a Writer's Retreat. I invited some writing friends over and we wrote and wrote and wrote. My best day was eleven hours of writing. That's where you kind of start loving the process or you quit! I began to love the process. By the way, I never did finish the novel.

I loved to write, but what I had to say didn't often meet publishers' needs. So, I would get discouraged and would give up writing for awhile.

I've moved into another phase of writing now and that is blogging. This has the advantages of the writing process coupled with the assured publication.

What does this have to do with healthy living? I believe that writing can be part of a healthy lifestyle. I have a feeling of completeness--that I am doing what God put me here to do--when I write, especially when I write about things that are important to me, like wisdom.

I have had to deal with a lot of depression, and the ability to write flies in the face of the urge to cocoon and do nothing. So writing makes me feel active, and that is a good feeling.

Writing is also a form of personal expression. The thing I like about writing is that I can take my time expressing who I am and I can edit it before the world sees it. To me, that's better than talking!

I discover things when I write. Sometimes things will seem to jump out on the page. It's like my fingers at times are connected to the non-conscious part of my mind. I treasure that sort of thing, so I try not to censor it at least in my private writing.

My healthy lifestyle includes exercising, but also writing and playing music. All of that is deeply satisfying and conducive to the kind of psychological health that is part of developing an appropriate relationship to food.

I do a lot of blogging for several services, and if you are curious, some of my blogs are either listed on my stumbleupon page or are accessible through my wiki page (which is on my stumbleupon page).

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