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Creative Catharsis…

December 5, 2013
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Catharsis – definition: a feeling of release, purification, or purgation of the emotions (often through art)

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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?

7 Comments

  1. I came across your blog randomly. I’m currently at the beginning of a creative catharsis and this really spoke to me.

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  2. “There is a reason we have ‘body’ issues beyond the obvious after all.”
    A precious rediscovery.

    The diagram is very intriguing.

    Thanks for posting this!

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  3. I’ve never seen that diagram before. I really want to take some time to look over it.
    It immediately made me think of Bo Burnham’s Left Brain, Right Brain song, which I’m certain is scientifically accurate as well as wet-my-pans funny.

    I never thought, though, how much of what my body is doing might affect my writing and visa versa. Cooooool.

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  4. This illustration was a cool surprise. 🙂
    I think emotions can infuse our art, and art can also help us deal with or release our emotions.

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