Whether or not you hope to publish a book, if you want to write, you should keep on writing. Here’s why:
- Writing to express one’s self helps improve one’s mood
- Expressive writing helps us resolve psychological trauma
- Research indicates that writing about our deepest thoughts and feelings is beneficial to physical well-being
- Writing about what bothers us reduces stress
- Writing improves sleep
…and all these are backed up by research.
I want to assure you with all earnestness that no writing is a waste of time–no creative work where the feelings, the imagination, the intelligence must work. With every sentence you write, you have learned something. It has done you good. It has stretched your understanding. I know that. Even if I knew for certain that I would never have anything published again, and would never make another cent from it, I would still keep on writing.
-Brenda Ueland in If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit