WHY PAY A PSYCHIATRIST? (OR...WHY I WRITE - PERIOD)
“...So, how come you decided to be a writer?”
I don’t think I ever ‘became a writer.’ I believe it’s something within you, deep inside, that springs forth one day when you least expect it. You discover that writing gives you pleasure – gives others happiness.
Maybe it’s a deep-seated need to please.
When I was a child, I loved writing stories. I remember that one of my elementary school teachers always encouraged me to read my stories in front of the class. What a captive audience! They laughed when they should, kept silent and listened when they should.
I realized something: I had power. The power to make people feel something – through the written word.
Today, writing is not only a form of income, but form of therapy, too. When I write, it frees my mind of troubles. Of course, I’m all caught up in the problems of my characters, but I feel this is where the therapy comes in: I can solve all their problems...
Or make them go away.
Simply by pressing the ‘delete’ key on my computer keyboard.
Now, I ask you: In real life, can you just press a button and make all of your problems go away?
Uh, no. You can’t. Sometimes, problems remain unsolved. Some things can’t be changed.
Writing allows me to have characters that always know exactly what to say and how to answer. How many times, in real life, have I been tongue-tied, unable to come up with something clever to say? Countless times.
Not my characters. They always have a jaunty comeback.
I always feel better after I write. Even on some of my worst days, writing has been a release – it has provided me some measure of comfort. At the very least, it has allowed me to forget my problems (sometimes, for hours).
So, who needs to pay a psychiatrist for therapy?
I’ll just write.