Can writing be bad for your health?
I was chatting to a writer friend the other day who told me that she was determined to defeat negative thinking this year. She felt that the key was to not deny negative thoughts all together but to modify them and not over-dramatize them. She made the point that as a writer, she has a tendency to come up with dramatic metaphors in her thought patterns which are good for books but can be quite unhealthy for real life. For example, "I am imprisoned in a hamster wheel of work and duty."
This got me thinking. Do creative people struggle more to cope with the mundane things in life and the disappointments of life? Because our brains are 'tuned' to create beauty, excitement and intensity in our writing, do we subsconciously see our lives as the plot of a novel, where drama, meaning are everything? Could it be that we get more frustrated by loose ends that are left untied and are more sensitive to ironies, twists of fate, etc. than non-writing folk.
Perhaps the answer is to find really positive metaphors instead.