Many writers (and creative people in general) struggle with mental illness, myself included. And it’s not as charming or helpful or inspiring for our work as some people try to make it seem. At the very least, writers are often stereotyped to be depressed. And I’m not joking when I say that there are people out there in the world who believe that creatives have to be mentally ill in order to create some kind of art. My opinion, in one word, is just… no.
Writing while being mentally ill (from my experience) is occasionally borderline impossible. On a good day, it can be incredibly difficult. It’s not fun and it makes you feel like quitting or missing out on opportunities or not enjoy something that you truly love. It’s a fight to keep going, and sometimes you just need support. Being stigmatised or told you’re ‘broken’ or that you should be mentally ill because you’re a creative are some of the worst and least helpful things.
So, from the experience of a writer with a mental illness, here are some things I do to keep me writing.
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I have been writing seriously for eleven years. I’ve been writing novels for only five years, and I self-published my debut novel less than two years ago. I still have a lot to learn about being a writer and being an author. I still feel like a little kid sat at my dad’s giant computer and mashing the keyboard until a story appeared on Notepad.
But I’ve made progress from those days eleven years ago. And I’ve done a lot of things that I know have helped me get here.
So, here are five things I do to become a better writer.
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When it comes to hyped YA books, I usually run from them in fear because I think they won’t live up to the expectations. I’m the kind of person who is extremely cautious of overhyped books and craves smaller elusive titles. I mean, I want to read all the books so I read them eventually, it just takes me a while.
I’ve read some hyped books that aren’t that great, to be honest. But there’s some that I’m in love with. Here’s a list of those books.
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