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How to Use Writing as an Outlet

Updated on February 5, 2014

Writing as an Outlet

Have you ever been so overwhelmed with your feelings? Is your mind filled with many questions? Are all the stresses in your life causing your brain to feel "overloaded". Do you find your thoughts being filled with constant questioning and "what ifs"? You may not really know how to release these emotions. Do you want to know how you can release these emotions? Do you want to know how you can use writing to help clear your head and take some of the weight off your shoulders? (and in your mind?). Well, your in luck, because there are a handful of practical ways to release and help calm your stress. Writing, is just one way to find an outlet for these emotions. Writing is ultimately about self-expression and writing can be used in many ways. Give writing a try, and see if it helps you cope with the stresses of life! Writing has many benefits for you and for others around you. In this article I will break down 3 easy-to-understand reasons on why you should look at writing poetry, or any type of writing as an outlet for your emotions and to find relief from stress in your life.

"Writing is my passion. Writing is my escape from this chaotic world that we all live in."-Nick Wolf (me)
"Writing is my passion. Writing is my escape from this chaotic world that we all live in."-Nick Wolf (me)

Reason #1: Write to Help Yourself

The first and most obvious reason to write poetry, or writing in general: is to help yourself. Writing is a helpful tool to help you handle stress, release overwhelming emotions, and express yourself. (Not to mention, writing has the ability to keep you sane!!). Personally, writing poetry has given me peace and my passion for writing has resulted in knowing what I want to do as a career. When the stresses of life overwhelm me, I pick up my pen, and begin writing and expressing my emotions on the paper. Doing this is a helpful way for me personally, and I know, for a fact, that it is helpful for many other people in this world. Maybe you don't like to write, because you think expressing yourself through writing won't help you at all. (Trust me, I felt the same way when I first started writing! But I found writing poetry has benefited me and has helped me cope with the overwhelming stresses in my life. I've found writing to be a great way for me to release my emotions, thoughts, and feelings.) But writing down your emotions in any form is always worth trying! Maybe you want to journal. If so, make a diary. Write in it every day. Maybe you love music. Then write a song. Express yourself through your journaling, songwriting, and poetry. Don't worry if your writing doesn't make sense. Don't worry about it being grammatically correct, because your doing it for yourself. Your writing to help yourself. Your writing to release your emotions and help you cope with the stress in your life. Plus, writing is free and you can do it anywhere at anytime of the day! Pick up a pen and let your emotions go. You never know where writing can lead you to in life, unless you give it a shot!

"You must write for yourself, above all. That is your only hope of creating something beautiful."-Gustave Flaubert

Copyright-Nick Wolf
Copyright-Nick Wolf

Reason #2: Write to Help Others

The second reason one should write: is to inspire, encourage, and help others. Writing can really be a great tool to reach out and help others. Reading one's words about a situation can really help another individual. Writing has the ability to give someone else hope. It helps another see that they are not the only ones going through a certain situation. Take depression, for example. People dealing with depression feel like they are alone. Depression makes one feel lonely and feel like they are the only ones dealing with the sadness and melancholy that they are experiencing. So say someone wrote a poem about 'Depression', and someone who is dealing and trying to cope with their depression, runs across it in a book, online, in an article, you name it; the person reading will begin to realize that they aren't alone. They aren't the only ones who are suffering from depression. This then, will more than likely, give the reader hope. The writer is expressing their feelings and in return gives people hope and a better understanding of what depression is like. The depressed reader will relate to what the writer is saying and it will help open their eyes to understand that they aren't alone. The reader will come to a better realization that there are a lot of people out there dealing with depression. The writer can express ways in which they deal with their depression, and in turn this can cause the reader to find more ways to cope with their depression, as well. Writing on a subject that is relatable with other people is really a helpful source and can make an impact in the reader's life. Depression is just one example. There are plenty more examples. Such as: music, medical illnesses, various hobbies,sports, etc. But I'm sure you get the picture. Long story short: Using your writing abilities can really help others if you let it. Consider the option of sharing your writing and it could lead to extraordinary results.

"It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost, and love to the lonely."-Leo Buscaglia

Reason #3: Write to Make Money (Self-Publish)

The third and final reason I have for you to write: is to make money. Maybe, you're like me and you've found that you have a passion for writing and you want to be a published writer. Well, I have some great news for you! You are able to publish your writing and make money by doing so. (You don't have to be some big-time popular, known, person to get your material published!) There are a lot of self publishers out there. (But don't get ahead of yourself, it isn't exactly free!) To be able to self-publish you have to take the time, money, and research to do so. At the beginning of trying to self-publish you may get overwhelmed and think that you'll be spending more money than receiving. But that is not the case. Yes, you'll be spending quite a good amount of money and time to get published, but once you do, you'll be satisfied with all the energy you've put into it. In return, you will begin to be making money as you get more readers. Like I said, there are plenty of self-publishing companies out there, you just have to do your research. Don't worry, this is how every writer has to start! So if you're interested in publishing material, go for it! Don't hesitate, just try it! Also, there are plenty of companies that you can work for as a writer, advertiser, whatever position it may be, that will give you the ability to use your writing skills to earn money. So, if you want to make money by writing; research and find a job where you can do so. There are plenty of jobs out there!


Thank you for taking the time to read this article that I wrote about writing. Remember: writing is about expressing oneself, has the ability to impact others' lives, and you can earn money!

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      Nicholas Wolf 4 years ago from Dana Point, California

      Thank you RoseAsuaresRex! I'm glad your able to find an outlet through writing. Keep it up! Thank you for your feedback.


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      Rose Maun 4 years ago from the sunny state of California

      Thank you for the advice it was very useful. It is one of my dreams to become published but for now I just write as a way of expressing myself and channeling all my emotions and well stress. Before hubpages my audience included my brother and my cat haha ( a small exaggeration) but my brother always encourages me to follow my goals and aspirations. If one is gonna write it helps when they have encouragers and supporters behind them :D keep up the good work and good luck with getting published if you haven't already thank you very much for the hub :)