Writer’s Catharsis

Writing is a cathartic process in the sense that one can clarify many unsolved, distressing, and agonizing situations in life with logical interpretations. The troubling incidents tie life in a knot, and writing can be the most purifying experience after dealing with persistent turmoil.

It is not easy to resolve all needling issues at that very moment but as one regains balance to introspect, there is an urgency to be in a comfortable position to portray the situations through various characterizations. It is the cleansing process at a deeper level by revisiting those tough times and clearing away the doubts and actions that have had happened, and its consequences are creating persistent problems.

I think writing is a powerful medium to take control of any such emotions to clarify emphatically to yourself first, and to those who can relate to similar episodes. While it is true, the intellectual and logical aspect of writing should not be abandoned in the process of releasing those intense emotions.

Writing gives you the opportunity to interpret life and take control of your emotions to create a narrative that reflects maturity. You heal gradually, as you release the negative feelings and bravely erase them from your life, for you wish to be free.

There is a perception that writing is a lonely experience. While it is true in the worldly sense, it is not the entire truth. A writer is a brave wanderer; he has the ability to deal with many issues of life that are usually curled up like a ball and thrown away, terming them to be turmoil.

I feel a writer develops some deep sensibility to debate and derive logical conclusions. Conclusions are always open to further debates and interpretations, based on personal experiences and culture.

In the intense moments of catharsis (referring to literature, poetics, and philosophy) words may sound harsh and can terrify the readers at times. This can be true, but the honest clarifications of catharsis will present many uncomfortable questions through the narrative.

If a reader is not ready to read the underlying sentiments of the narrative, it is possible to be enraged and hurt at such incisive comments on human behaviour.

When the characters are portraying the reality of society and have the gumption to face the irate reader’s accusations of being too honest, it is evident that the writing is brilliant. What is more tragic than tragedy is when such tumultuous moments are spurned by society; the intense emotions and honest portrayal can mirror the true identity of devious human nature.

When so many intense emotions are brought together in one place, it transforms into a formidable force; although unpleasant (somehow truth seems to be more troubling compared to damning lies.).

Excess emotions will flow with urgency and create a course of its own and wash away the sludge of treachery and lies along the way.

Many perceive catharsis to be frivolous and philosophy of writing a mere moralistic discourse to humiliate the prevailing sentiments of people and society. Unfair critics will crawl out of their hibernation and resort to vitriolic attacks (probably that’s another devious way of purgation.), as dealing with truth can surprise many philosophers, for they open up unknown facets of human behaviour.

Let me revisit the process of cathartic writing. It is a worthy effort to let go of things in life, as well as, mature with time to share those anecdotes in a humanized manner.

It is this refined culture of forgiveness and the ability to move on, makes writers the communicators of uncomfortable, unreasonable, and unjust behaviour through a cathartic process. This is real healing!


First Published on- May 5th, 2018

7 thoughts on “Writer’s Catharsis

  1. Enjoyed this.

    I’m reminded of a quote by the poet Rilke that went:

    “Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write . . . This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple ‘I must,’ then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.”

    For me, writing is how I make sense of the world. My own thoughts, my perceptions. The sadness. The anxiety. The humor. The despair. At the same time, it’s also a conversation with others, external to that mad man that lives in my brain. Often, we write what others only dare think.

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  2. Amitav…. Now you’re making me introspect.. as to where I stand with respect to writing… is writing a form of sharing knowledge OR connecting with ourselves on a deeper level.. you’re really making me wonder!! Nice post!!

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    1. I feel writing starts as a conversation with ourselves. The need to write may vary; it could be to learn and share knowledge. Also, writing as a creative medium reflects the positive and negative aspects of life. As a writer, we need to come closer to the inner-self, to interpret and then write. The most powerful medium of expression can be cathartic, as well as provide a sense of freedom in terms of expressing our thoughts.

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