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Holidays & Writer’s Depression

It’s commonly believed that all writers get regularly depressed…

Holidays and Writer's Depression

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Common beliefs can often be wrong…

Many writers can get periodically depressed—God forbid some doctor should prescribe anti-depressants—unless absolutely called for…

Not only writers get periodically depressed—our culture has many aspects that could depress anyone…

Some writers—some people—can’t rise above periodic depression—stay in the bottomless pit—fall prey to complete stagnation…

The holidays—mostly due to the incredible materialistic pressures they can exert—are a prime time for depressions.

I wrote a post last year that might help those with periodic (or terminal) depression—The Tortured Artist and A World Gone Mad . . .

If you’re down and need some relief, read that post and watch the video………
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New Book ~ About Heartbreak, Struggle, Redemption . . .

Sexual abuse leading to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder can disable a person for life.

Coming to terms, internally, with these debilitating situations is an effort of heroic proportions.

Carter Lee has done it.

Back on the 1st of December, I featured Carter because of his work on The Washington TimesIs Humor A Cure-All?

I also mentioned his soon-to-be-released book

“When Jonathan Cried For Me” is now published!
“Carter reveals the methods and his philosophy in life that led him to freedom; he no longer shows signs of PTSD or depression, no longer struggles with maintaining a healthy weight, and has managed to overcome his insecurities from being sexually abused and molested at the hands of a pedophile. Carter Lee found the way to a transformation involving a true-self-esteem and total-self-confidence. Carter covers his views and philosophies on anger, religion, dating and sex, from the very first sentence to the last: When Jonathan Cried For Me promises to inspire you by making you laugh, moving you emotionally, question your own belief system, and want to search for more meaning in life.”

Also, a portion of the proceeds of each book sold goes to support Stop The Silence. Their mission is to expose and stop Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and to help survivors heal worldwide.

Buy the book here.
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Is Humor A Cure-All?

Writers, and other creative folks, sure do need humor, if only as a weapon against depression.

But, does humor do more than make our emotions easier to handle?

There’s a video at the end of this post that’s embedded in the article I’m going to link to but it’s such a great stress reliever that I had to put it here for readers who may need a quick fix of healing laughter.

That article I’m going to link to is, Humor Affects Our Psyche, and the author is Carter Lee.

He cites studies which apparently show that humor can:

  • Boost the immune system and circulatory system
  • Enhance oxygen intake
  • Stimulate the heart and lungs
  • Relax muscles throughout the body
  • Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
  • Ease digestion/soothe stomach aches
  • Relieve pain
  • Balance blood pressure
  • Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)

He also has a soon-to-be-released book, When Jonathan Cried For Me. Here’s some of the blurb:

“For most of his life, Carter Lee struggled with a low self-esteem, unhealthy self-confidence, increasingly in-docile anger issues, and his weight. After his wife left him, taking her son with her, Carter Lee hit rock bottom. Deciding to persevere on, he became determined to find a way to transcend through his trauma on a journey to find a genuine inner transformation.”

“Carter Lee is blatantly honest about his inner demons and wears his heart on his sleeve. More than just a motivational, inspiring, educating, or entertaining read, this book transcends any one genre by coalescing strengths of each form into a powerful teaching tool.  He is witty, unconventional, and has a knack for describing highly technical mental processes in layman’s terms. Sometimes controversially, but always with honesty, Carter Lee delivers what so many of us need: a real way to facilitate internal change and transformation…”

So, Carter Lee gets my gratitude for pointing me toward a book that promises to be rewarding and a video that can pull me out of any ol’ bad mood :-)

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Write Your Way Out of The Bad Days…

We all have bad days.

Bad days in general and bad days for writing and days when we can’t understand anything we read and days when the hope of publishing turns into the worst idea we’ve ever had…

This blog covers Reading, Writing, and Publishing and I’m still offering, “Write Your Way Out of The Bad Days…”, as an option in all three pursuits.

Let’s say you’re an avid reader, it’s what makes the rest of life bearable, but you hit one of those days when every book you have and even the new ones you trudge out to buy just seem like so many dead words on dead paper from dead trees.

Write Your Way Out of It…

No one has to see what you write. You can even tear it up after you’re done. The thing is, though, that many people smarter than me have recommended writing as a pressure relief valve for all kinds of rotten states of mind.

I was once in a therapy session and my deeply-held bad feelings about my father were the point of focus. The counselor told me to write my father a letter and tell him everything that was wrong with him. Write it, put it in an envelope, seal the envelope, address it, put a stamp on it, and bring it to the next session. {What helped motivate me to accomplish this was that I was checked into a facility I couldn’t leave with ease and the counselor was a former biker, built like the dark lord of an ominous army.}

I wrote, I enveloped, I addressed, I stamped. I showed up at the next session (it was a group) and the counselor took us out to the parking lot and told me to take out the letter. He put down one of the coffee cans we used as outdoor ashtrays, handed me his lighter, and told me to burn the letter.

This might sound like some gimmicky psycho-game but it worked. As the letter flamed away in that dirty coffee can, my hate for my father began to melt away. I can positively date my release from the oppression of blaming my father for what’s wrong with me from the sight of the smoke of that letter…

Well, the reasons for a reader having a bad day don’t have to be quite as dismal. Still, write a letter, write a note, write on the fogged-up window. Let the brain connections to your hand provide a conduit for the release of your murky feelings.

Write whatever you feel, write through the pain to personal resolutions for improvement, write like your life depends on it, write to your heart…

Just write.

You may not feel immediate relief. Sometimes this action is like a time-released medication. Just take the pill and trust in your deeper mind to spread the healing…

I think the writers reading this post have already done various wild things to get them over the hump of a bad writing day. I truly hope they relate their experiences in the Comments :-)

But, hey, you writers! Ever thought about writing about why your writing is bad?

What about bad days in the push to publishing? I’m writing this post because I’m in the middle of one of those days…

I got my book’s manuscript back from my editor a couple weeks ago and was surprised at how few corrections were needed. I met her face-to-face two days ago and it became a two-hour session of her defending my book against every bad thing I’ve had people say about it.

That got me on a high and certain highs can have within them the slippery slopes of ego-inflation…

Yesterday I received the corrections deemed necessary by a special Review Board. You’d have to actually read the book for any explanation of why I submitted it to them to make sense.

This morning, as I went through my email, I linked out to an article about building an author platform (something quite important if a writer wants their book to have a fighting chance at being noticed amongst the 2,000-odd books that will be published the day their own work is released).

The high of ego-inflation from the talk with my editor combined with the vast importance of the necessary revisions from the Review Board as well as the weight from the sheer multiplicity of tasks necessary to prepare for publishing and they imploded. I slid right into a bad, funky, foul-smelling, wicked mood…

So, all that was left was to tell myself:

Write Your Way Out of It…

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