Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Creative Outlets

"Creative outlets are essential to a well-rounded and happy lifestyle. Lack of a creative outlet has been shown to trigger many psychological states such as depression, stress and apathy." Source

I think this is why I started writing. I felt all of the above to some degree: depressed, stressed and apathetic. Sure, I was married to the man of my dreams, had two beautiful kids, finally finished law school, and passed the bar. Shouldn't I have been ecstatic? Yes. I was. To a degree. But...something was missing. Then I started reading a lot. A couple of girls from work started an informal book club where we just swapped all the books we had. I devoured books like I previously devoured reruns of Law & Order (that all of the sudden seemed so unrealistic). Until it dawned on me: I can write. 


So I did. I wrote a book. It was a paranormal romance set in France. Early in the mornings and late at night when the family slept, I would sneak away to France on an adventure. It lit my world up. I found something I felt genuinely excited about. It filled up that missing space that I only sort of knew existed. 


It's been over three years and three books later, and I still love and appreciate what the world of writing does for me. For my spirit. For my mind. I could have chose painting, music, crafting, theater (I was a theater major undergrad)--all these things involve the art of creation. Yet, I chose writing. I still choose writing because it gives me a spark, a passion, a sense of creation I've never felt before. It makes me believe my little voice may actually be heard.


Why did you choose writing as your creative outlet? Or if writing is not your main outlet, what is?

21 comments:

  1. I feel much the same as you. I couldn't imagine not having an outlet. I dabbled in writing for a long time before taking it seriously - so glad I decided to have a proper go at it! Those other outlets are good too - I also tried being a songwriter, but was unsurprisingly more into the lyrics, as I'm tone deaf!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love hearing your story! Over the years, I've tried my hand at crafting, scrapbooking, painting, music(I even teach piano)-yet none of those creative outlets gave me a satisfied feeling. In fact, a lot of time I felt frustrated with them. Not that writing doesn't frustrate me at times. But with writing I feel a deep desire that I never felt with those other things. I'm passionate about it, I think about it all the time, and it's fulfulling in a challenging kind of way.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I think it was the same thing, though I'm not sure I realized it until now. My mind and soul were begging for an outlet for my crazy, creative mind. Finally, I gave in. :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a cool entry!
    I used to write letters to friends who were abroad. (In the time before email). They used to be a mix of news and ramblingsilly nonsense designed to make the reader laugh.
    Friends suggested that I should write a book. One night I dreamt a whole story, and never looked back. The thrill of creating something is so exciting, I can't not write.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Being an attorney too, I can totally relate to needing the creative outlet of writing. And I definitely love reading to get into new worlds and away from the stress of the legal world.

    ReplyDelete
  6. That's a pretty awesome way to get into writing! I can remember a time when I felt too down on myself to attempt my lifelong ambition of writing. Every time I picked up a new book I felt that wish resurface, and was sad that I wasn't pursuing a talent I knew I had. I guess, to simplify all the reasons I write, I would say it's because the stories in my head won't shut up until I start writing about them. LOL And then, once they're starting to take form on my laptop, I fall in love with them and I know now that there's no way I could ever stop.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Writing is my main outlet as well. I love creating characters and typing out their dialogue. They say the best things! And nothing's better than having a character surprise me with something unexpected yet totally awesome! Great post :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. I, like you, did theater and was a theater major at one point (though I totally sucked) A few years later I realized I liked theater becasue I love a good story, so why not write?

    ReplyDelete
  9. I'm an artist (painter, sketching, pen and ink) and earn a living as an interior designer (model homes) which allows me to be creative. But when the economy pickled and there was little work, I turned to writing before my could explode. It has given me more joy than any of those other outlets. But strangely enough, I write best when I'm blue, and even down right depressed. It sometimes makes me consider going off my thyroid meds just to see what I can create. Now THAT"S scary.

    ReplyDelete
  10. It's awesome what writing can do for you. I write because I feel like there is so much going on in my head, so many stories that they could be so much more on paper. Plus, so little is left to the imagination now a days. It's always fun to use my imagination for once.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I chose writing because I had to get the words out of my head. Once I started writing regularly, I realized I was so much happier.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm pretty right-brained, but writing is on a whole other level. It's a passion, :) Great post!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Writing is my outlet. I'm not sure why I chose it - I just know I love it. :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great question! I love your reasons why. I think they are pretty much the same as mine (without the bar, law & order, and france). I just discovered I could, and all other outlets just seemed to fade away.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love this. Writing is definitely my outlet too. I've always wanted to be a writer, but it wasn't until I had my first baby that I would do what you described, sneak away to a different place (in my head, ha ha). It's nice to hear you stuck with it three years and three books later. That's what I love, that it truly is a passion. That's kinda my story too. :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Writing is absolutely my outlet. I'm pretty much a sucker for all things creative :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh yes, writing is definitely my outlet. I get pretty grouchy if I'm forced away from my writing for a day or two. :)

    I took it up because there was something missing in my life too. Many, many years later, I can't imagine my world without it.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Writing is the best way to get my message "out there", but, I admit, I'm not a very good writer. So writing is my fall-back outlet.

    Dancing used to be my #1 creative outlet until an autoimmune disease decided to steer my life in another direction. Funny how life works. :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love that quote from the beginning. Honestly - I never thought about it, but it's so true! I used to think I just need something for "me." A little "me" time. But you're right. It's about creating something. I've finally gone with writing because I feel like I have a shot of making my voice heard as well.

    ReplyDelete
  20. DEFINITELY what happened to me.
    I do sew, and that was my outlet for a long time, but it doesn't use ALL of my brain the way writing does.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I somewhere still have the first poem I wrote when I was 12 or so. I got my appreciation of writing from my mom who chronicled so many things in her quirky backward slanting penmanship. Some 40 years later people are still amazed when I tell them I don't watch television - I'd rather write! This year I'm also going to learn to draw. Working in banking for many years is pretty dry stuff so for me it's either write or fade away with dust an inch thick on my creative needs.

    ReplyDelete