I was waiting in a vestibule on this morning, face stabbed in the pages of my current read, Dean Koontz Odd Thomas, when I stumbled against the words of a character in the story who’s a writer.
His words were, “Writing isn’t a source of pain. It’s psychic chemotherapy. It reduces your psychological tumors and relieves your pain.”
This was a “Selah”—pause-and-think—moment for me.
I’ve heard writing being referred to as thinking through fingers, that’s Isaac Asimov. To me it’s creating an alternate world of escape. But never have I seen it as “Psychic Chemo.”
But in a sense that is what writing is to the writer. Writing can be seen as an activity of healing for the writer. The activity of writing brings us healing. So, writing is to the writer first, before the reader, a source of escape. And completing a piece brings the biggest healing. It is our treatment.