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The in-Sanity of Emotional Writing


I’ve had an epiphany. Writing is an escape. Yes I’ve written about this before, mentioned the therapeutic value of putting words to paper, and losing your self in the created worlds and characters of this fictional world outside of the stresses of life. Fellow writer/blogger Kelly Griffiths very recently wrote a blog post that has lead to this thought process and inadvertently inspired this blog post; her post is called Fiction, a Confession and this is a quote from it

The beauty of fiction is that you can say all the things you wanted to say, then shrug and tell people, It’s fiction. It’s like being in the confessional booth with a stuffed bear. Father, forgive me. I put a saber between the ribs of my neighbor’s hound dog for defecating on my lawn today. Go in peace, my son, and sin no more…

It got me thinking. Life gets pretty heavy sometimes and an emotional turmoil brews across the landscape of the mind, infiltrating every other aspect of the body including the mouth where words might spew out unfiltered, the hands which might flick out dishonourably or even eyes rolling boorishly. So, rather than have those emotions filter out so visibly and physically, why not let them dribble out in short story form?

Putting the Sanity back into Insanity

I will be writing up little short spurts of “Emotive” writing whenever I’m in a spell: joy, sadness, anger, excitement, and experience those emotions through my characters. This way, rather than mope quietly or attempt to quell physically displaying these emotions, I can write them up and do what I really want to do in the comfort and secrecy of my Word document.

My own little therapy – restoring some sanity to the raging insanity.


Do you do emotive writing? How do you deal with your emotional episodes?



About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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  1. I do emotive poetry. Not prose. Unfortunately I’m too shy to show people. But it is so therapeutic. I don’t think I’ve noticed before but I love your writing style. Quite a bit. It’s beautiful. I look forward to your emotive posts if and when you share them.

    • Awww that is really sweet, I’m glad you like my writing style 🙂

      As for emotive writing, it’s really for your eyes only lest you have to explain it to someone else… which we are trying to avoid haha. I think it’s one of the most powerful pieces of writing we can do because its so full of exactly what we are feeling. Some are more comfortable than others at sharing it. As long as you are writing for you, it’s not too important whether someone else reads it or not.

      At the same time, sometimes sharing it can be just as powerful, gaining a new insight into your own writing that you might have missed or not as aware of.

      Either way, what matter’s is the why right?

  2. Looking forward to reading your emotive pieces!
    I try to write through emotions and problems. Sometimes the stories have nothing to do (or seems to have nothing to do) with what I am going through, but I still feel better for writing. It’s when I can’t write at all that I really start to worry…
    I’ve started to open up a bit more on my blog – especially regarding the articles I have been/am writing – and I think that that is also doing me good on some levels.

  3. I’m honored that my post encouraged this writing experiment, and I look forward to reading the fruits of it. I too will try my hand at emotive writing. When I’m in a funk, people are usually the last thing I want to see. But characters, now that’s a different story. Haha. Excuse the bad pun!

    • You put it so much better than I could have, thank you for that post.

      …a different story haha. I’m a sucker for puns, good and bad, so it is most acceptable. Looking forward to seeing your emotive pieces as well 🙂

  4. I think art in any form is the best therapy. Whenever the kids I babysit get angry (they all have destructive behavior when they’re angry) I give them a notebook and tell them to write it out or draw it out, don’t hold anything back. When they’re calm we talk about it. This method has yet to fail me.


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