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Writing as a Creative Outlet

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
1 min read

"I’m going to start writing again."

That's a promise I’ve broken countless times.

But that's not the point.

The point is to keep coming back.

Here’s why.

Writing as therapy

Writing is considered a therapeutic activity.

According to several studies, writing has been found to be effective in addressing a number of conditions including anxiety and depression.

Writing is no silver bullet either.

I still get migraine type headaches despite writing regularly.

Writing as cognitive development

There are cognitive benefits too.

Writing helps to sharpen your observation skills.

This happens especially when you go from “just looking” to taking field notes like a scientist.

Seth Godin, the man who shows up daily for more than a decade, described about his writings:

I notice things, name them, and sometimes provoke people to make a ruckus.

Why I write

Knowing I have to write every day makes me a better person.

I learn to observe instead of just looking.

I learn to question instead of making assumptions.

I learn to use it for health reasons instead of giving in to anxieties.

Most importantly, I also learn to use it as a creative outlet.

Melvyn Tan

I write about my perspective of how things work in the post-pandemic world. I also share updates of my latest projects.