The Writing/Therapy Debate
I read an interesting article last week, and it got me thinking about the therapeutic and cathartic benefits of writing, and how admitting that writing can be therapeutic for a writer is such a taboo in literary circles.
I think that is absolute crap.
Writing can be therapeutic and cathartic, and still be literature. If writing something was therapeutic for a writer, that does not somehow detract from the artistic value or literary merit of a piece. Writing Purge: Rehab Diaries was therapeutic and cathartic for me, and I don’t think that is anything to be ashamed of. Sometimes writing helps the reader AND the writer. And that’s perfectly fine.
Original Rumpus article: http://therumpus.net/2011/03/is-writing-therapy/