Julia Cameron claims that writing is therapeutic but not therapy.
Therapy: Treatment, rehabilitation, healing, remedy, cure…
Therapeutic: Healing, beneficial, curative, remedial.
She also writes: “From my perspective, healing is essentially a creative process: we create a new state of health.”
I believe it’s true. For the past few years I have been using writing to heal. And I have to admit I have come a long way since that horrifying day on November 12, 2012. Other than the creative writing I do for my blog, for the other writing projects that I have in mind and want to start one day (hopefully soon), I write every day. I don’t read what I write, I just write whatever comes to mind at that time.
William Styron wrote:
“I’ve read a lot about the creative process. It’s a mysterious phenomenon. I don’t know what makes it work or what makes it malfunction…. But I submit to you that there is something utterly mysterious about the unconscious. I suppose a lot of it is the desire to flog yourself to the point where the words you put down are as close to the truth as can be.”
I write mostly about my wounds and my pains. In my writings I question my purpose in life. I write about what bothers me. I don’t read what I wrote. I have notebooks filled with my feelings, my disappointments, my heartaches, my dreams and my hopes, and I have never reread any of them. For me the important thing is to pour my heart out on the page. I know that the page won’t disappoint me, it won’t even give my secrets out. So it’s the safest medium whereby I can explore my inner being, my deepest feelings.
“Everyone has two memories: The one you can tell and the one that is stuck to the underside of that, the dark, tarry smear of what happened.” Amy Bloom