Honestly, I could write a book about how writing helps the soul, and many other writers could do the same. This topic is deep and wide, but I will try to distill some of the major points.
Writing helps your soul because, when you allow the words to flow, they will not lie to you. This is why so much art is disturbing; the creative process that produces art is brutally honest. So you may not always enjoy the outcome when you write, but you can certainly benefit from it.
Writing helps your soul because it helps you generate a vocabulary that describes your experience. Sometimes we have to write and rewrite until the best words come. But when they do, we have a stronger grasp on what has happened to us.
Writing helps your soul because it allows you to unburden your heart. We can’t carry every burden all the time, and sometimes when we write down our grief or anger or confusion, we lighten the load.
Writing helps your soul because, if you are willing to stick with a particular piece (a journal page, an incident, a feeling, an inspiration) the writing will take you deeper into it. I’ve written three full-length novels, and in each case, some of the most important discoveries about the plot or characters occurred well past the third draft. I had to dwell with the material, to reread and revise it, to put it away and come back to it again—and then all of it opened up even further, and I could see down to yet another level. This works the same way with any writing, especially writing that’s personal.
Enough for now. Get ready for a full and stimulating week!