Writers and depression

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morpheuse
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   Posted 3/3/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
so i am currently writing a novel , not because i hope to become a famous writer or anything like that but because it relaxes me and pulls me out of the really low lows. at least it used to. writing used to come really easily for me, the words would flow, be it my little (currently over 30,000 word) project or school papers. when i wrote it would calm me down and instead of focusing on  the deep debilitating sadness (or what ever you wish to call it) i could focus on the creation ( i also do art for this reason). but recently the words (and pictures) will not flow. i have to struggle to get out a single sentence and i feel no worse (i guesse) from before it is just not working and it is different from writers block it is definently related to the whole deppression thing.
I was just wondering if anyone else had the same problem and if so once the super low gives way to a general low will the words com back or am i kind of stuck?

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   Posted 3/3/2010 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I love to paint. And I noticed that I paint more when I am depressed. When I am not depressed, I have no real desire to do anything artistic. So I think of it as a release. Though you might have what is called writer's block. And I am not sure what to do about it, but I bet if you google it, you will find something. Don't try to force it, it will only make you more frustrated. Maybe try some meditation or some thing to relax and clear your mind. Things might just start flowing again.

Best wishes,

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morpheuse
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   Posted 3/3/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
i know i was thinking that to but my art will not come either and i know what should happen in the story and ... i know it sounds weird and selfish and like i am over reacting but i am really worried that it may not comeback i have had writers block and this just does not feel like it, this feels like the life has left my art and my writing like it will not come back. ..... i really hope it is writers block because they are all i have left to care about everything else was made terrible or taken away from me so the thought of losing my art is almost unbarable.
sorry this post became more emotional than i had planned oppsy

getting by
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   Posted 3/3/2010 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't feel sorry, I know the feeling. Often when I had a problem like that when I was in school, I would start another project. Sometimes that helps. Maybe something simple with your art. My thing was I didn't always know what I was doing until I was done with it. I know it sounds wierd, but that is just how it is for me. Like the painting created itself, I just happened to have the brush in my hand and the paint on it. I hope that your block ends soon. I think once an artist, always an artist. I have gone years in between doing projects. But I know that you want to produce now. Don't give up. It will come back. Just a matter of time and mood.

Hugs, Karen
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morpheuse
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   Posted 3/3/2010 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you :) that helps me feel a little better. i was just hoping to get some thing today that would make tommorow and the next day easier (for reasons that are off topic and ....yeah off topic)
i recently did a piece like that, it was a conplimation of all my doodles each one i did by making a random shape and filling in what the pencile willed, i got a medal for it in a contest :) go doodles.

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   Posted 3/3/2010 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, especially with my academic work. very behind at the moment. health first. take care of you, with compassion,
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Breathe_Easier
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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:07 AM (GMT -7)   
So I just read this randomly, the title caught my eye...

I'm struggling with the same thing. Writing is my passion. Not as a career per say, but as something I do that helps me, well, breathe. It keeps me grounded and it keeps me sane. Sometimes the words are the only thing I have.

Depression just kind of sucked all the words away. I still want to write. It burns and scratches at me all the time, and yet if I sit down and try, I can't do it. I know how frustrating it is, believe me. And I'm sorry. It hurts more than I can say.

Take care,
Mere
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morpheuse
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   Posted 3/11/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
i have been struggling and this week has been a bit better i sqweezed out about 3000 words in the last 5ish days (normaly i get at least 1000 a day :( ) but today and yesterday have been better and though the words are not coming i have kept the story around by starting to design the continent the world is set in... it was really funny today i got several weird looks in class cause people saw me drawing a continent on lined paper and i could see them go "wait that is not north america... what?".

hope your words flow soon :)

serafena
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   Posted 3/12/2010 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Morpheuse,

Sounds like you're still being reasonably productive. Give yourself permission to move a little slower than normal. Getting angry with yourself doesn't help anything.

I'm a writer too, and when I'm depressed, nothing comes. Nothing at all. I go months without writing. I can totally appreciate what you are saying. I hope your mood improves and the flow returns!

serafena
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morpheuse
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   Posted 3/13/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
well i have all spring break to attempt to scribble something down, though it may not come at least i will have tried :D

getting by
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   Posted 3/13/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Try to have confidence. Just start it at the starting point where you usually start and see what happens. Or if you have already started, pick up from there. Try to be optimistic about it. You are talking yourself out of it, by looking at it negatively. You can do this. Like you say, you have all spring. Just don't put it off until the last minute. Maybe you should look up writer's block on the internet and see what you find.

Hugs, Karen
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