I love this quote. I think writing IS a form of therapy–or it can be. For me, when I write fiction and I give my characters happy endings, or justice where I never had any, where the abusers go to jail or where the teen gets safe, that is me rewriting my history, and it’s a kind of therapy (as is being heard). And then, of course, reaching readers who need my books is incredibly valuable and healing.
Journal writing, too, and free writing, can all be forms of therapy. So I loved finding this quote. I don’t believe in madness, but I do think that a lot of us struggle with depression, despair, hopelessness–and writing CAN help. Of course, we also need human interaction, and we may need to share our writing, to be heard…but writing in and of itself can be a great help.
Have you ever used writing for therapy? Do you find it therapeutic?