This is Rhobin’s task for her Round Robin in November, 2018.
I really, truly and absolutely cannot think of one negative about writing. So, that’s the second half of the essay out of the way.
If you read my first aid document for people struggling with issues like depression and anxiety, you’ll see that doing creative activities is one of the seven measures necessary for a good life. (Actually, this is an early chapter in my coming book, From Depression to Contentment: A self-therapy guide.)
I’ve always been cursed with a crazily creative mind. When I was a kid, I invested this creativity in torturing my stepfather without ever doing anything I could be punished for. When he banished me to Australia, learning a new language and culture, playing sports, outwitting teachers, and acting as a shoulder to cry on for other kids were some of my creative activities. Then it was research, and building… and building was the chrysalis my writing emerged from.
All this century, my creativity has been invested in writing. So, I am in the happy situation that if I can’t write, I am grumpy. When caught up in my ideas, I am grumpy. Otherwise, I am sweetness personified. Ask my wife.
So, that’s one reward of writing (not the excuse for grumpiness, but the benefits of creativity). The second is the opportunity to research. Last century, if I wanted to research something, it was a day outing to the University Library. Now, naturally, I just crawl into my computer and do it there. I guess if I wasn’t a writer, I’d be researching anyway, because learning new things, thinking deeply about issues, comparing the findings of different experts, all that scholarly stuff has been one of my addictions since childhood. Well, now I hang it onto my writing projects.
Since 1972, I have been a passionate environmental and humanitarian activist. The third good thing about being a writer is that it gives me a voice to advance issues I care about, like the survival of all complex life on this planet.
But I need to stop now. I have a book to work on.
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