Each day can be horrible for a writer. There are many days that we just don’t see the point of what we do. It’s not a happy time, and every writer goes through it. Our confidence breaks, and we wonder what we’re doing with our lives. Depression hurts us most of all, because we give ourselves to our stories and our characters. We can’t help but feel emotions much stronger than normal people. We force them out all the time to make our stories worth reading, yet people think we’re just crazy when we do or say things that are completely out there. We can’t help if we’re not normal.
Anyway, back on topic. Depression kicks in, and nothing helps. It’s almost impossible to get out, yet we keep it up. We just have to wait it out and hope for the best. Sound familiar? I’m sure it does. I’ve been to psychologists before, and they tell us to wait it out, take meds, work out more, even pray it out, but there are times when it just doesn’t work. Why is this? We’re writing. We’re working on things that we can’t control, yet we control it all. Our minds are trying to work things out, and we can’t get on top of any of it. We have to move on, but we don’t know where to. It’s even worse when we’re trying to work on the story when it’s finished, because even though we have lots of editing to do, we don’t want to mess with things any more. We think it’s done. How can we keep on working on a completed story?
Working on books is only for those who are willing to go insane.
You can’t just work on books if you want to keep your sanity, because writing makes your mind go into places that it’s not used to going. Even the best of writers were insane. Just look at Edgar Allen Poe and William Shakespeare. They were the best of their time, yet we all know today that they were completely insane, though Shakespeare held his own much better than Poe did. The point of this all is that if you’re not willing to risk your sanity, you have no place as a writer. Most are able to hide behind a fake sanity, but they ARE NOT NORMAL, and they will never think like normal people. Once it’s all said and done, you’ll end up either quitting or losing part of your sanity. This is in no way a bad thing. You do not need sanity to make a wonderful mark on this world. If you’re willing to take the plunge and risk your sanity, then write like your life depends on it. Make sure that it’s worth your time though. As for me, I’m off to read on my story so that I can edit it. I let go of my sanity long ago, but I doubt you’ll be able to tell just by getting to know me. ^_^ Have a nice day.