For the money and the trophies? Good luck.
To communicate? Absolutely.
To discover how you feel? That you have something to say? To enable you to see your thoughts and feelings on the page? As a vehicle to share your experience with others?
Could Creative Writing be good for your health?
In an article in her online blog (Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Write), Rachael Grate references three different studies that support the idea that expressive writing has physical as well as emotional health benefits. These benefits are not merely available to masters of prose and verse—the studies showed that the act of writing was enough to induce positive results.
Expressive writing is there for everyone. Whereas we may not all be destined to become bestselling authors, a simple mark on the page, an act of deliberate engagement with the muse, eradicates the void and proceeds to roll out a runway from which all of our hopes, dreams, and remembrances can take flight. And whereas, in the doing of it we may be undone—to not proceed makes the blank page the victor—a simple dumb object wielding power over us. Sure, everyone is not meant to be a writer no more than everyone is meant to be a plumber. But, if you have the desire, please don’t let a little piece of paper have dominion over you. Play, mess-up, erase, wad-up, start over—you just might discover some treasure along the way. You might just find that you feel better.