#12 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Therese Anne Fowler
Here’s another creativity quote for you, to help keep you inspired and in touch with your muse.
This week’s offering highlights a technique for both self-expression and self-preservation:
the therapeutic effects of writing.
The following quote, which supports this theory, comes from a novel that I’m currently captivated by;
During one of the most challenging periods of her life, the fictional Zelda recalls :
And Zelda is not alone in her belief that writing can help with the turbulence of life. The indefatigable champion of the creative spirit, Julia Cameron, advocates the practice of daily journalling with her infamous Morning Pages. This practice can be beneficial not only for writers, but for all artists or creatives – however active.
There’s something about getting thoughts pinned down onto paper (or screen) that has a calming effect on the nervous system. Whether it’s the de-stressing effect of quieting Monkey Mind, or the beneficial aspects of creative expression – it seems that…
So, if life ever gets a little rocky, take a tip from Zelda, and Julia – and write your way to calmer waters. You may even find, as Zelda did, that this kind of therapy can also result in a finished novel.
By the way, if you enjoy biographical fiction, I highly recommend Z. It’s a great insight into the lives behind the gloss of literary fame and fortune. It’s also an engaging story, especially if you like living vicariously through the adventures of The Beautiful People.
(It also got me thinking that endless empty hours to pursue your creative dreams may not be all you need for a happy life. Perhaps too much time can be as inhibiting to creativity as too little…?)
Till next week!
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