Writing is My Xanax

Writing as Xanax - Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Now that I’ve been aiming to write daily in my blog for at least 365 days since Nov 29, 2019, my writer friend and I decided to meet daily to work on our novels, if just for the tiniest bit. With our work and other life stuff filling up much of our time, my friend, who is also working on a novel, suggested that dipping into our novel-writing at least five minutes on the daily would be equivalent to an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant pill. And she was right! Since the beginning of December 2019, we’ve been doing our “5/5.”

Five minutes of meditation + Five minutes of novel-writing or fiction

We’ve been showing up for ourselves pretty much everyday (except for one time), touching into our novel world everyday. As I’m in the revising process, I realized recently that one character hasn’t been as clear. So working on this one character and putting all the major characters into one scene has been fruitful in helping me work out some knots and gain some clarity about motivations and characterizations. It’s remarkable how just dipping in for simply five minutes into my fiction writing helps me feel more alive, more blissful by the end of the day! Doing something creative like creative writing really helps to calm down my nervous system and bring me to my happy place.

Meditation + Fiction = My Xanax.



Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash


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