Some go running when they need to cool down, others listen to music, some people go practice martial arts, some people go partying. All people got their methods to deal with hard stuff or to reign in and deal with feelings. I write. If I go trough I hard patch I tend to get even more productive than usual. You just have to glance to the not happy thread to see that people got a lot to deal with here. And I'm wondering: Where are you on this scale? Do you write as an emotional release, just like people heading out for a run?* Or are you at the other end of the spectrum, where writing is something you do when your in a good mood feeling safe and secure? *I know that some people write as therapy about what they struggle with, this is not what I'm getting at. The question is if writing in general gives you an emotional release while writing about something unrelated to what your facing.