If you’ve ever faced a deadline or needed extra time to write, you’ve probably hit the middle of the night chocolate run. You know, the one where you grab all the chocolate in sight and toothpicks to keep your eyes open all for the passion to write.
Most people would say we’re crazy, after all who creates their own homework after they are already done with school and turns it in to a tough as nails editor? Writers.
Who rewrites a story ten times to make sure it is just right? Definitely not my fifth grader.
Who pretends their feelings aren’t hurt when they get a low score in a contest? Writers.
Authors are a rare breed of individuals who spend several hours alone to create imaginary characters that may not even see the light of day. If that isn’t discouraging enough, there is the pay.
Did you know that writing is one of the top 10 professions in which people are most likely to suffer depression? Now there’s a downer for you.
According to Novelist Simon Brett, who himself has struggled with depression, there are two key points in a novel where the writer is particularly vulnerable to depression.
*2/3 of the way through your novel when you discover that the only thing worse than what you’ve already written are the words you’ve planned for the book’s grand finale.
*24 hours after you have finished your rough draft and the euphoria has settled into self doubt.
So why bother to continue on this journey? We feel God has called us to put words on a page. We love to write. We crave it like chocolate at three in the morning.
Instead of worrying about the chance of depression setting in, start taking action to improve your mental health.
Here is a site that will give you ten tips to staying mentally healthy: Better Health Channel
What are some other websites, resources, or personal strategies you use to keep mentally healthy?