Out of sorts? Give yourself an injection of writing medicine
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Ray Bradbury
Do you ever feel distress, unease, or a tinge of depression? It could very well be that you haven’t had your proper dose of writing medicine.
My writing friends and I all agree that we feel out of sorts if we don’t write regularly enough. It’s a good addiction.
If you have the deep desire to write, you must feed it. For many of us, writing is our way of dealing with the reality of life. I believe that to be happy, people must find their creative passion, whether it’s writing, photography, drawing, or volunteering for a cause they love — whatever it is that makes them feel alive in the midst of this sad, happy, crazy world.
In his book, Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity,the late Ray Bradbury says that if you miss a few days of writing, your style won’t “melt out of shape.” He goes on to say:
“But what would happen is that the world would catch up with and try to sicken you. If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy, or both.”
Now you know. That’s what that odd feeling is all about. I say, it’s best not to go there. Let’s just write.
Have you had your daily injection of writing medicine today?