Probably one of the most interesting motivations I have to write is that it is therapeutic. That is it becomes a real outlet for my emotions and spirituality. When people ask me if my writing is an intellectual exercise my answer is inevitably ‘no’. My intellect is a part of the creative process but in the finally analysis it is kind of a backseat driver more than the driving force of my writing. My reason makes sure that the car stays between the ditches but that it about it. Motivation to do something is very rarely about intellectual assent. More often than not we are motivated by something deeper than intellect or even emotion. There has to be a sense of spiritual well being that drives most of us in doing what we do or it won’t happen.
For me I find writing to be an exercise of soul and that is what affects my spirit for the better. Soul to me is when the intellect, emotions and other factors are woven together in a single fabric that effects people on a deeper level. For me it is these moments that bring me a sense of well being and accomplishment that go beyond words and common gain.
When I finish a post on this blog and push the word ‘publish’ I find it is more than a sense of intellectual, emotional or other forms of well being that I feel. It is all of these things at once and more. Creativity seems to do more that just affect the person who gazes upon it but the one who creates it is profoundly affected as well.
At the end of a day I can look back and many days I can say they were a wash. I didn’t accomplish a single thing, but if I have written even one blog post I can say to myself that I wasn’t a complete waste of air, food or water that day. I did something and it was more than just having a nice thought or expressing an emotion but I shared a part of my soul with anyone who would care to look. Even if no one does look though, I think the process of expression has done me good. Writing as therapy? Yeah, I can see that.