Catharsis – definition: a feeling of release, purification, or purgation of the emotions (often through art)
I would love to hear from you all regarding your thoughts on how your ‘art’ effects your emotions or visa versa.
In my own experience, I have always been creative and have embraced numerous art forms in my life. Drawing and painting were my initial loves, which gradually progressed into sculpture and then a combination of the two. I dappled in knitting, crochet, sewing, oil paints, charcoal and pencil drawings (some which were entered by my art teacher for an exam I have not thought possible), pottery and a few more ‘art and craft’ hobbies.
Writing, apart from a few stories for my children, was not something I considered at all. The reason? I have no idea to be truthful. I happened across a writing group once I emigrated to Canada and thought I could try it out among other offered groups and crafts.
As the saying goes I went from strength to strength after a couple of meetings and became ‘hooked’.
As a free flow writer my subconscious is the main source for the component of my stories. I have found that when I write I feel calm and happy. A day or so without writing finds me irritable and unhappy. That is the extent of my obsession and love of the craft.
This graph is fascinating and I will be studying it in detail later. There is a reason we have ‘body’ issues beyond the obvious after all.
I wish you joy in your writing as we head towards 2014 and another year of words, projects, manuscripts and fellowship.
What are your writing plans for 2014?