A PEP TALK FOR WRITERS, by Art Smukler, author and psychiatrist

Last night, Hillary Clinton said something on the Rachel Maddow Show that really struck a bell, more like a gong. She said, “I’m living rent free inside of Donald Trump’s brain, and it’s not a very nice place to be.”

Wow. For many of us, it’s just the opposite. The Liar In Chief, like an obsessive-compulsive-disorder, is living rent free in OUR brains.

So what does this have to do with writers?

Obsessions take up too much space. They stifle the creative process, and don’t allow for the tiny sprouts of new ideas to battle their way up from the darkness of our unconscious to the light of our computers. When the trillions of synapses in our brains are occupied 24/7 by injustice and greed, they short-out. Our ability to take the “road less traveled”, to ideas that we’ve never had, is severely limited.

Writing is our food and oxygen. Without it, we wither and gasp.

Take a Trump break.

Flush him.

If you can’t nourish yourself, you won’t have the strength to nourish others.

Write. Rewrite. Write!

A fully satiated writer has a better chance of going viral and winning back our democracy…

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.