I just finished reading Joanna Paterson's blog, "Can Writing Keep Us Well?" http://confidentwriting.com/2010/06/can-writing-keep-us-well-group-writing-project/
The title itself is enough to trigger contemplation. My husband often tells me that my rapt concentration when I write is intense. I write often. I write daily. I know why I write, because if I stop writing the dark imps that had plagued me most of my life will take a hold of me - once again. The demons being:
• Self doubt
• Constant criticism
• Measuring myself against others
Not pretty. Is it? But writing empowers and silences the interior chatter and helps elevate my self-worth.