There is a lot of press around the number of writers who appear to have a mental illness. Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf – the list of writers whose literary brilliance was paralleled only by their inclination for self-destruction is unfortunately quite a long one. This has lead to some people thinking that writing either leads to depressive tendencies.
While writing can be a very solitary, introspective activity, it can also make you happy. That’s right. HAPPY. If anything, recent research has indicated that a lot of people naturally try their hand at writing precisely because it can help with even the most serious mental health conditions.