Somewhere in the 'Not Happy' thread, I shared that my attempt at writing a depressed, disgruntled man left me depressed and one of the posters mentioned that it was a good thing. I'm not depressed anymore (it was a while back and only lasted a few hours), but I'm curious: How would writing a depressing book when you're depressed be good? Is it because you're then more realistically able to protray a depressed person? Or is it just to help expell the feelings inside? Again, I'm just curious. Seems to me that if you're already in a foul mood, wouldn't writing about a character who suffers from depression only compound it? Thoughts?