Sometimes my best work comes when I’m depressed

It’s true, but the difficult part is to grab a pen or fire up the laptop to begin writing. The quote below from Leonard Cohen sums it up. He is one of my favorite poets, singer, songwriter, author and quote artist. Sometimes music can not only be inspirational, but it can also be a source of energy. Even if you feel well but don’t feel like writing and have no idea of what to write, music often stirs up the emotions while giving you energy; all you do is listen to your feelings and start writing. Oh, one other point, Leonard Cohen suffered throughout his life with serious bouts of depression. He raged against his depression and sometimes he surrendered to it.

Leonard Cohen knew all about depression

8 thoughts on “Sometimes my best work comes when I’m depressed

    1. I have lots of healing to do, so I’ll probably spend a lot of time writing. The more I do write, the more I’m finding my voice as a confessional poet like Platt, Raymond Carver and Ann Sexton.

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    1. It is a gift to befriend words. When I was young, I believed there was nothing special about words and word choice was a waste of time. I remember defending my position with English professors. How silly was I? Now I devote so much time to finding that one special word that makes a line sing or cry or gives me goose-bumps.

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